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     "BURIED CHILD" by Sam Shepard

Audition Dates:  Wednesday, Jan. 29 & Thursday, Jan. 30 2014

Times: 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. (Both Nights)

Location: Theatre Too (Campus of College of the Desert)

Audition Guidelines: Those wishing to audition must prepare a (:90 second) dramatic monologue and be prepared to read from selected scenes found within the script.

For More Information: Call 760-776-7370 to make an appointment.

Synopsis: Winner of the 1979 Pulitzer Prize, 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 family also harbors a dark secret—years earlier an unwanted newborn baby was buried in an undisclosed location, casting mystery and darkness over the entire family. 

"Shepard is one of the most prolific of our playwrights, and, for that matter, certainly one of the most brilliant."                                                    – The New York Post

"Mr. Shepard is an uncommon playwright and uncommonly gifted…"                                                           - The New York Times

 "…wildly poetic, full of stage images and utterances replete with insidious suggestiveness…"                                                                                           - New York Magazine                                


Rehearsal Dates: February 4 – March 18

                            Tuesdays & Thursdays (6 – 10 p.m.)

                            Saturdays (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)


Performance Dates: March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23 (2014)

Performance Location: The Pollock Theatre

Character Breakdown:

Dodge: Aging dysfunctional patriarch of the family who is slowly dying; in his 70s; alcoholic; has been emasculated by his son and the infertility of his fields; is ashamed of Halie's conceiving an unwanted child and is ashamed of killing it;

Tilden: Lost son, he has no purpose, no direction in his life; had sex with his mother; is confused/ashamed/embarrassed about the child and its death; is bullied by the other characters; Brings crops into the house from the field in the backyard

Bradley: Aggressive brother; Lost his leg in a chainsaw accident; is emasculated by the removal of his leg

Halie: The wife and mother in the family; in her mid-60s; Nags Dodge; had sex with her son and gives birth to her grandson/son; Abandons the family to socialize and revel in the past; Hero-worships the images of her lost son

Vince: Tilden's son; Reclaims possession of the house; No one recognizes him when he arrives

Shelly: Vince's girlfriend; Reluctant to be at Vince's grandparents' house; Determined to uncover the family secret; utterly shaken at what she finds in the house; skeptical of family relations

Father Dewis: Priest; Enjoys drinking and socializing with women; Carrying on a not-so secret affair with Halie