Paul Sparks, Ed Harris and Amy Madigan. Picture: Monique Carboni
Originally produced in San Francisco, then New York City, in 1978, the play was later revived in 1996 on Broadway, earning accolades (the production was a transfer from Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre.) Now, a decade later, director Scott Elliott helms this complex work that tackles the disintegration of an American family during the agricultural and economic wasteland of the 1970s.
Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Buried Child returns 20 years after its last major New York production. Dodge (Harris) and Halie (Madigan) are barely hanging on to their farmland and their sanity while looking after their two wayward grown sons (Sommer and Sparks). When their grandson Vince (Wolff) arrives with his girlfriend (Farmiga), no one seems to recognize him, and confusion abounds. As Vince tries to make sense of the chaos, the rest of the family dances around a deep, dark secret. This wildly poetic and cuttingly funny take on the American family drama gleefully pulls apart the threadbare deluded visions of our families and our homes.
Taissa Farmiga, Ed Harris, Rich Sommer, Amy Madigan, and Larry Pine. Picture: Monique Carboni
“Buried Child” by Sam Shepard. Directed by Scott Elliott, with Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Larry Pine, Rich Sommer, Paul Sparks, Nat Wolff, Taissa Farmiga.
Scenic Design: Derek McLane, Costume Design: Susan Hilferty, Lighting Design: Peter Kaczorowski, Sound Design: Jeremy S. Bloom, Production Supervisor: PRF Productions, Production Stage Manager: Valerie A. Peterson, Casting: Judy Henderson, CSA, Public Relations: Bridget Klapinski
Presented by The New Group
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Through April 3