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April 6 • 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until April 28, 2018
One event on April 15, 2018 at 2:00pm
One event on April 22, 2018 at 2:00pm
Oregon Contemporary Theatre Presents Pulitzer Prize-Winning Family Drama,
Sam Shepard’s Buried Child
April 6 – April 28, 2018
EUGENE, OREGON – Oregon Contemporary Theatre continues its 26 th season with Sam
Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child, directed by Joseph Gilg. Buried Child opens
April 6 th , 2018, and runs through April 28 th , 2018. All performances are at Oregon Contemporary
Theatre, located at 194 W. Broadway in downtown Eugene. Tickets are available online
at www.octheatre.org or by calling (541) 465-1506.
Equal parts dark comedy, family drama, and mysterious ceremony of renewal, Buried Child is
the play that vaulted Sam Shepard into the first rank of American playwrights. Since its first
appearance 40 years ago at San Francisco’s Magic Theatre, Buried Child has been universally
acclaimed as a work of extraordinary vision and force. In 1979, the play won the first Pulitzer
Prize ever awarded to a work premiering off-Broadway.
Corn has begun to grow again at a remote farmhouse where the fields have been fallow for
decades. Vince (Jonathan Edwards) arrives with his girlfriend, Shelly (Leslie Jones), to visit his
family, only to discover that no one recognizes him. Dysfunction reigns supreme among the
house’s inhabitants: ranting grandparents Dodge and Haley (Robert Hirsh and Denise LaCroix),
and their sons Bradley (Tony Stirpe) and Tilden (Kelly Oristano). The time has come for a
twisted secret to come to light.
“OCT is dedicating to producing not only the finest works by today’s living authors, but also the
masterworks by playwrights that continue to thrill modern audiences. And Sam Shepard is
without question one of the finest American playwrights of the last 50 years. We programmed
Buried Child before Sam Shepard died,” said OCT Artistic Director Craig Willis, “so it is with
mixed emotions that we now offer this production as a tribute to one of the greatest voices in the
Buried Child features an ensemble cast, including OCT veterans Robert Hirsh (Middletown,
Clybourne Park), Leslie Jones (Melancholy Play), Denise LaCroix, Kelly Oristano (Middletown,
Melancholy Play), and Tony Stirpe (Lucky Me, Next Fall). Completing the ensemble are Randall
Brous and Jonathan Edwards in their OCT debuts. The artistic team for Buried Child includes
director Joseph Gilg, scenic designer Amy Dunn, sound designer Gabe Carlin, properties
designer Tim Dunn, costume designer Heather Kidd, and lighting designer Michael A. Peterson.
Jennifer Sandgathe is the production stage manager.
Sam Shepard (Playwright) was an American playwright, actor, author, screenwriter, and director
whose body of work spanned half a century. Shepard received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in
1979 for his play Buried Child. Along with several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs,
Shepard wrote nearly four-dozen plays, including: True West, Curse of the Starving Class,
Cowboy Mouth, Fool for Love, and A Lie of the Mind. He won 10 Obie Awards for writing and
directing, the most given to any writer or director. He was nominated for an Academy Award for
Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff. Shepard
received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American
dramatist in 2009. New York Magazine described him as "the greatest American playwright of
Pay-What- You-Can preview performances for Buried Child are April 4 th and April 5 th at 7:30
p.m. Tickets are on sale now an Oregon Contemporary Theatre’s website, www.octheatre.org.
Tickets may also be purchased at (503) 465-1506 or by visiting the OCT Box Office at 194 W