Actors Theatre of San Francisco Presents Pulitzer Prize Winning American Classic: Buried Child, by Sam Shepard

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Christian Phillips and Jennifer Welch direct Sam Shepard's Buried Child; a story about the corrosive effects of a long-held family secret. Presented by Actors Theatre of San Francisco, opening May 23, 2008.

What strikes the ear and eye is comic, occasionally hilarious behavior and speech at which one laughs while remaining slightly puzzled and dismayed (if not resentful), and perhaps indefinably saddened. Yet there is a swing to it all, a vagrant freedom, a tattered song.

Actors Theatre of San Francisco presents Pulitzer Prize Winning American Classic: Buried Child, by Sam Shepard opening May 23, 2008. Directed by Christian Phillips and Jennifer Welch.

The Play: In 1979 Buried Child won the first Pulitzer Prize for Drama ever awarded to a play premiering Off-Broadway, propelling Shepard into the national spotlight. Exploring a dark side of the American Dream, the play chronicles three generations of a Midwestern family struggling against each other, some denying and repressing a past others are desperate to reveal, all haunted by the sudden fertility of their long-barren fields. From its darkly humorous opening to an implosive final act, the play examines the corrosive effects of a long-held secret in a family ravaged by guilt and shame.

Buried Child premiered at Theater for the New City in New York City on October 19, 1978. Harold Clurman wrote, in The Nation, "What strikes the ear and eye is comic, occasionally hilarious behavior and speech at which one laughs while remaining slightly puzzled and dismayed (if not resentful), and perhaps indefinably saddened. Yet there is a swing to it all, a vagrant freedom, a tattered song."

The Cast features Jack Halton as Dodge, Margel Kaufman as Halie, Dean Shreiner as Tilden, Todd O'Connor as Bradley, Phaedra Starr as Shelly, Michael Carlisi as Vince and John Krause as Father Dewis.

Buried Child previews Thursday, May 22 and opens with a champagne Gala event on Friday, May 23, 2008. The show runs Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8PM and closes Saturday, July 12, 2008.

Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at (415) 345-1287 or purchased online at http://www.ticketweb.com. More information is available at http://www.actorstheatresf.org.

About the Actors Theatre of San Francisco:
Actors Theatre of San Francisco is a permanent repertory company dedicated to bringing the best of Off Broadway to San Francisco, and to producing revivals of classical theater that resonate in a contemporary context.

In this, we strive create work that reflects the best ideals of ensemble theatre with an emphasis on human interaction at the core of each play. Now in its 19th season, ATSF is proud of its eclectic cannon of work that has included World, US, West Coast and Northern California premiers of major works, as well as some of the great classics of the American stage. ATSF productions have garnered numerous awards for artistic excellence in the Bay Area, including the productions of Raft of the Medusa, After the Fall, The Art of Success, Distant Fires, Machinal, Four Dogs and a Bone, Suburbia and Dealer's Choice, among many others.

Actors Theatre of San Francisco is 86 seat intimate theatre located just off Union Square at 855 Bush Street between Taylor and Mason in San Francisco.

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