COD uncovers “Buried Child”

Mari Kerber, Johnny Bolth, and Mason McIntosh (from left to right) prepare as they venture into some of life’s most crumbling moments \ photo courtesy of COD's Theater Arts Department
Mari Kerber, Johnny Bolth, and Mason McIntosh (from left to right) prepare as they venture into some of life’s most crumbling moments \ photo courtesy of COD’s Theater Arts Department

By Tiffany Contreras
Culture Editor

College of the Desert’s Theater Arts Department presents Sam Shepard’s 1979 Pulitzer Prize winning phenomenon Buried Child.  The play, performed since 1978, has received rave reviews. “Shepard is one of the most prolific of our playwrights,” says The New York Post. “And, for that matter, certainly one of the most brilliant.”

The empowering play dives into the disintegration of the American Dream with a farm home setting, occupied by an unhappy, violence-filled family that witnesses a chain of unfortunate events. Bradley – one of the lead characters – loses one of his legs to a chain saw; Tilden – an All-American football player – has built himself too large; Vince is an alcoholic’s grandson, who is forgotten. A family member uncovers a dark secret that the grandfather, Dodge, had been hiding. Dodge had buried an unwanted, newborn baby in place where no one could find it;  however, Tilden reveals this secret in front of his mother when he faces Dodge with the baby’s remains.

The cast includes COD actors Mason McIntosh, Johnny Bolth, Miranda Hane, Chris Hoggatt, Mari Kerber, Paul Mackey, and Jesse Bentley.  The  director  is Tres Dean. The crew scenic/properties and lighting designer is J.W. Layne; costume designer Kailey Osgood-McAuliffe; and sound designer Noemi Villela Dean.

Buried Child will be on stage Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m.; Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22 at 7 p.m.; and a finale Sunday, March 23 at 2 p.m. Please visit www.collegeofthedesert.ticketleap.com, or call (760) 773-2565.

Please come out to support the theater department and enjoy a masterful show!

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