March 5, 2018

A 1978 Pulitzer prize-winning play situated on an isolated farm in downstate Illinois where a rural patriarch lies sick and in decline as the family and farm around him seem ready to sink.

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Last summer, America lost one of it's most distinctive and powerful dramatic voices with the death of Sam Shepard at age 73. In remembrance of this remarkable playwright and actor, the Department of Theatre and Dance, with Dickinson's Mermaid Players, will present what many consider to be his masterpiece: the 1978 Pulitzer prize-winning Buried Child. On an isolated farm in downstate Illinois, a rural patriarch lies sick and in decline as the family and farm around him seem ready to sink into the surrounding fields made muddy be an incessant rain. Into this inverted version of Norman Rockwell comes grandson Vince who-with his girlfriend Shelly-arrives for a visit to his fondly remembered family farm. Shepard's meditation on the debilitating effect of denying the past is brooding, moody, thoughtful and darkly comic.

Further information

  • Location: Mathers Theatre, Holland Union Building
  • Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Calendar Icon
  • Cost: $7/$5 with Student ID