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The College of the Desert Theatre Arts Department presents

BURIED CHILD, by Sam Shepard

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 Dream. 
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.”
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Pictured, left to right:  Mari Kerber, Johnny Bolth and Mason McIntosh.

The 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.  
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