The best kind of literature is the kind that stays relevant regardless of its established time period and setting. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature, John Steinbeck's renowned novel, “The Grapes of Wrath,” couldn't be more appropriate when examining the nation's economic downturn. Following a family of poor Oklahoma sharecroppers during the Great Depression as they set out for California in search of jobs and opportunity, Steinbeck's work of historical fiction is telling on business-world manipulation and oppression and the everyman's refusal to be broken by the circumstances that conspire against him. Bringing the frustrations and hopes of the Joad family to the stage, Barksdale Theatre and Theatre VCU present “Grapes of Wrath” as part of the Acts of Faith Festival through March 21. $10-$39.