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Buried Child a play by Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard’s play Buried Child is a bizarre gaze into the American Dream and the Nuclear Sam Shepard's Buried Child Ticket StubFamily. The play was writhen during the economic slowdown of the 1970’s, end of Vietnam War and the changing of the American family structure and society.

It is about a Midwestern farming family and their guilty secret that buried in the corn field behind the barn. Buried Child won Sam the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and launched him to national fame. The American family structure and dreams, father-Dodge, Mother-Halie, Sons-Tiden- Bradley, Tiden’s son-Vince and his girl friend Shelly are challenged by the family curse.

from Wikipedia: Shepard’s Intention
Shepard’s intention was to create a narrative which communicated and reflected the frustrations of American people but at the same time was engaging and entertaining. Set in a context which is easily recognisable, the American farming family, and centered around issues which are universal, the disillusionment with the American dream and the traditional patriarch, Buried Child reflects the universal frustrations of American people. The postmodern style which Shepard uses incorporates surrealism and symbolism in the realistic framework of a family drama. This platform allows for engaging visceral theatre. Shepard is able to create images in the imaginations of people through the use of surrealism and symbolism, evoke and harness the experiences of his audience through its postmodern nature and keep the audience comfortable in the trappings of realism.

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