BURIED CHILD by Sam Shepard

Male Monologue

Dramatic - (Vince, 22) - Prior to learning that he is to inherit the family farm, Vince made a failed attempt at running away. Here he describes the drive to the Iowa border and how he studied his own face and saw all of the previous generations in his own reflection.

About the play:
Full Length

5 men, 2 women

A newly revised edition of an American classic, Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize—winning Buried Child is as fierce and unforgettable as it was when it was first produced more than twenty-five years ago.

A scene of madness greets Vince and his girlfriend as they arrive at the squalid farmhouse of Vince’s hard-drinking grandparents, who seem to have no idea who he is. Nor does his father, Tilden, a hulking former All-American footballer, or his uncle, who has lost one of his legs to a chain saw. Only the memory of an unwanted child, buried in an undisclosed location, can hope to deliver this family.

"Shepard is an uncommon playwright and uncommonly gifted." –The New York Times

"Wildly poetic, full of stage images and utterances replete with insidious suggestiveness." –New York

"Shepard is one of the most prolific playwrights, and for that matter, certainly one of the most brilliant." –New York Post

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ISBN: 9780822215110
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Published: Dramatist's Play Service - February 1st, 1997

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ISBN: 9780307274977
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Published: Vintage - February 14th, 2006

Sam Shepard: Seven Plays: Buried Child, Curse of the Starving Class, the Tooth of Crime, La Turista, Tongues, Savage Love, True West Cover Image
By Sam Shepard, Richard Gilman (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780553346114
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Published: Dial Press - May 1st, 1984

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By Sam Shepard, Amy Madigan (Performed by), Jeff Perry (Performed by)
ISBN: 9781580818841
Availability: Special Order
Published: LA Theatre Works - April 15th, 2012