Friday, April 04, 2008

Tucson: Pima CC Performing Arts presents Sam Shepard's Buried Child

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Subject: Pima Community College Performing Arts - Sam Shepard's Buried Child

Pima Community College Theatre Arts presents Sam Shepard’s darkly comedic,
Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece “Buried Child”

April 9-20, Wed. preview, Thu.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. Black Box Theatre
Tickets are $12 with discounts available. (Recommended for mature audiences.)
Box office hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-4p.m. and one hour prior to each performance. 520-206-6986 �

Directed by Betsy Kruse Craig and featuring PCC students.

“Buried Child,” which premiered in 1978, examines father-son relationships, women’s place in the home and the inner pressures of rural life through the strange encounters of one of the most dysfunctional families on the American stage. The characters are creepy and repulsive, and yet at times, strangely humorous. The play is severely poetic and savage. At one point the character Dodge asks, “You think just because people propagate that they have to love their offspring?” Shepard weaves in an abundance of imagery, but it is subtle and understated and he leaves it up to the audience to discern the meaning. New York Times theatre critic Ben Brantley gave this description, “Buried Child operates successfully on so many levels that you get dizzy watching it. It has the intangible spookiness of nightmares about home and dispossession, yet it involves you in its tawdry, mystery-driven plot with the old-fashioned verve of an Erskine Caldwell novel.” With its disturbing themes and complicated characters, “Buried Child” is an ambitious endeavor for any theatre company to undertake, but PCC director Craig feels, “This is an incredibly important piece of art to expose to our students and our public.”

Pima Community College Center for the Arts
2202 West Anklam Rd. • Tucson AZ 85709-0225 • 520-206-6986

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