Buried Child

Date(s) - 21 Sep 2011
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre

Buried Child” by Sam Shepard

Dunstan Playhouse

Captioned Performance – Wednesday 21 September – 11.00am matinee

Director: David Mealor Designer: Mary Moore

Lighting Designer: Mark Pennington

Composer: Quentin Grant

Sound Designer: Andrew Howard

Cast includes: Nicholas Garsden, Patrick Graham, Jacqy Phillips, George Whaley

Families as dysfunctional as this usually only feature in Greek tragedies.

Winner of the 1979 Pulitzer Prize, Buried Child is a brilliantly powerful play that digs deep into the disintegration of the American Dream. Under the facade of wholesome, hard working, God-fearing family values lie dark secrets, forbidden desires, and emotional turmoil.

Vince is visiting his grandparents and bringing his girlfriend with him. His expectations turn to bewildered disillusionment as he faces an eccentric and often frightening family of antagonists holed up in a claustrophobic farmhouse somewhere in the great American Midwest.

In this gripping play, the very meaning of family comes into question as these characters threaten, disparage, repudiate and snipe at one another.

One of the truly great works of the American theatre. No one knows better than Sam Shepard that the true American West is gone forever, but there may be no writer alive more gifted at reinventing it out of pure literary air.

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