Corn has begun to grow again at a remote farmhouse where the fields have been fallow for decades. A young man returns to his family home only to discover that no one recognizes him. The time has come for a twisted secret to come to light. Equal parts dark comedy, family drama, and mysterious ceremony of renewal, Buried Child is the play that vaulted Sam Shepard into the first rank of American playwrights. Since its first appearance 40 years ago at San Francisco’s Magic Theatre, Buried Child has been universally acclaimed as a work of extraordinary vision and force. In 1979, the play won the first Pulitzer Prize ever awarded to a work premiering off-Broadway.
Content Advisory: adult language and themes
"OCT's excellent production is a timely wake-up call to the fact that the things we bury are, in the end, like it or not, the things that define us." – Rick Levin, Eugene Weekly(click here for the full review)
"Sam Shepherd’s Pulitzer-winning drama that explodes family values and takes a sledgehammer to the hypocrisy of religion. Sound like fun? You bet it is... But when you stop laughing, you'll be chilled." – Dorothy Velasco, The Register-Guard (click here for the full review)
“…a bona fide classic: a work that conveys the mystical, cannibalistic pull of family ties even as they unravel.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times
"Shepard is one of the most prolific of our playwrights, and, for that matter, certainly one of the most brilliant." — New York Post
"…wildly poetic, full of stage images and utterances replete with insidious suggestiveness…"