Kennesaw State presents Sam Shepherd's award-winning play "Buried Child"

Tim Gettemy‚ director of the Kennesaw State University production of Sam Shepard's Pulitzer…

Georgia (Oct 11, 2002) — Kennesaw State presents Sam Shepherd's award-winning play "Buried Child"

Cheryl Anderson Brown


Tim Gettemy‚ director of the Kennesaw State University production of Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize−winning play "Buried Child‚" believes that the settings and themes in the play are just as relevant to post 9−11 America as they were when the play debuted in 1978. Playing in the university's Stillwell Theater on Oct. 15−20‚ the play dives deep into the themes of dislocation and loss of identity.

With this show‚ the KSU Department of Theater continues to produce challenging works that propel "artists to realize their fullest creative potentials‚" Gettemy says.

"Buried Child" follows the experiences of a prodigal son‚ Vince‚ who returns to a rather dysfunctional family. However‚ playwright Shepard leaves the audience guessing what direction Vince will follow − continue with his family's vicious cycles or break the chains that enslave him to shame. The director promises this production will leave the audience guessing. "Tidy endings are a disservice to theater‚" says Gettemy‚ a KSU alumnus who has become a successful professional actor and director.

With today's economic and political settings similar to those of 1978‚ "Buried Child" explores the loss of the American dream. "Vince‚ like so many of us today‚ must ask himself 'where do we go from here?'"

The play‚ which includes mature themes and adult content‚ will be performed at 8 p.m. Oct. 15−19 and at 3 p.m. Oct. 20. Tickets are $20. For more information and reservations‚ call the KSU Box Office at 770−423−6650.


Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 15‚500 from 118 countries‚ offers 55 degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the sixth largest in the University System of Georgia.


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