Speech to Text for OSF: "Mother Road" playwright discusses play's inspiration
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affected. [a35]playwright issues. no octavio two line octavio says: "it's just beautiful" octavio solis-- part playwright part author and when he's not writing "hello girl, how are you" part farmer. in medford octavio says: "it's extraordinarily theraputic. they center me. they kind of remind me that life is about life." mother road is his fourth play life." mother road is his fourth play performed at the oregon shakespeare festival. and a new take on the grapes of wrath. it's about a man named william joad who has no blood family to inherit his farm. he learns he's related to a young mexican american man named martin jodes. they bond with new friends and family as they make their way from california back to the farm in oklahoma. andryanna says: "what would you say is the overal message of mother road?" octavio says: "mother road is about building the new american family." butted "we start to build the family that is an old man who is white and a young man who is latino. and on it they start bringing on new people. a young woman who happens to be a lesbian. another young man who happens to be black. another person who happens to be native american. and the bones of the decendent who dies not on his own land." when solis was beginning to write mother road, he did the same thing in reverse. he met a worker at the arvin migrant camp just outside of bakersfield, california. octavio says: "he told me that he was the new tom joad. in his interview with me he told me 'i am the new tom joad. and we that is the migrant workers today are the new oakies." butted "when he told me t hat story, i knew what my play was. i knew what i had to do " but as a son of mexican immigrants, he says he sees himself, his upbringing and his success in this play as well. octavio says: "so what i'm trying to express through mother road is watch out, america's changing. america's changing. and you don't have to fear it." nats animal noises in medford, andryanna sheppard newswatch 12. [a37]odot construction-map we have a traffic alert for you.