October 26, 2017
Lorain County Community College ‘s Theatre Program presents “Buried Child” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 16, 17 and 18 at the Stocker Arts Center in the Cirigliano Studio Theatre. The production is being directed by Terence Cranendonk.
The powerful and brilliant Pulitzer Prize winning play by Sam Shepard probes deep into the disintegration of the American Dream. The play is set in 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 semi-idiot; and Bradley, who has lost one leg to a chain saw. Into their midst comes Vince, a grandson none of them recognizes or remembers, and his girlfriend, Shelly, who cannot comprehend the madness to which she is suddenly introduced. The family harbors a dark secret—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 under Vince, whose estrangement from the others has spared him the taint of their sin.
Tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for LCCC students, staff and seniors 65 and up. Cost is $7 per person for groups of 15 or more. For tickets, or more information, call the Stocker Arts Center Box Office at (440) 366-4040 or visit stockerartscenter.com.
This production is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Stocker Arts Center is located on the campus of Lorain County Community College at 1005 North Abbe Road, Elyria, Ohio. Parking on the campus is free.