The College of the
Desert Theatre Arts Department presents
CHILD, by Sam
Friday, Mar. 14 & Saturday, Mar. 15
at 7 p.m. / Sunday, Mar. 16 at 2 p.m.
Friday, Mar. 21 & Saturday, Mar. 22
at 7 p.m. / Sunday, Mar. 23 at 2 p.m.
Location: Pollock Theatre on the COD Palm Desert campus
Tickets: $15 General / $13 C.O.D. / $10 for Groups of
10 or More
The College of the Desert Theatre Arts department presents the
1979 Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece Buried Child by Sam Shepard,
March 14th – 23rd in the Pollock Theatre. This powerful
and brilliant play probes deep into the disintegration of the American
The setting is a squalid farm home occupied by a family filled
with suppressed violence and an unease born of deep-seated unhappiness. The
characters are a ranting alcoholic grandfather; a sanctimonious grandmother who
goes on drinking bouts with the local minister; and their sons, Tilden, an
All-American footballer now a hulking shell of himself; and Bradley, who has
lost one leg to a chain saw. Into their midst comes Vince, a grandson none of
them recognize or remember, and his girlfriend, Shelly, who cannot comprehend
the madness to which she is suddenly introduced. The family harbors a dark
secret as years earlier the grandfather, Dodge, had buried an unwanted newborn
baby in an undisclosed spot, creating a cloud of guilt which is dispelled only
when Tilden unearths the child's mummified remains and carries it upstairs to
his mother. His act purges the family, at last, of its infamy and suggests the
perhaps slim possibility of a new beginning.
The New York Post hails, "Shepard is one of the most prolific of our playwrights, and, for that matter, certainly one of the most brilliant." New York Magazine calls the play “…wildly poetic, full of stage images and utterances replete with insidious suggestiveness.”
Pictured, left to right: Mari Kerber, Johnny Bolth and Mason McIntosh.
show features the ensemble cast of Mason McIntosh, Johnny Bolth, Miranda Hane,
Chris Hoggatt, Mari Kerber, Paul Mackey, and Jesse Bentley. The Director
is Tres Dean. The scenic/properties and lighting designer is J.W.
Layne. Kailey Osgood-McAuliffe is the costume designer and Noemi Villela
Dean is the sound designer.