Glacity Theatre Collective Presents Sam Shepard Play “Buried Child”

Posted Dec 24th, 2015 by Angela Riddel  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Community Interest, Events,


January 8-10 & 15-17, 2016 at the Center Theatre in UT Center for Performing Arts

Toledo: Glacity Theatre Collective presents the 1979 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Buried Child by Sam Shepard.

In this play, Shepard, who won the Obie Award for playwriting in the same year, explores what were to become key themes in much of his later work. Of this play he has said, “One of the weird things about being in America now is that you don’t have any connection with the past. . . . You’ve got this emotional thing that goes a long way back, which creates a certain kind of chaos, a kind of terror.” Indeed the patriarch of the family has grown nothing on his land for 30 years, and family members sometimes fail to even recognize each other. Shepard allows us to experience the surreal (de-) evolution of a family deeply disturbed by self-inflicted traumas. This is a family that is irreparably disconnected both socially and emotionally – still an all too unfortunate constant in America. Director Megan Aherne says, “While we may not have all experienced the transgressions within this play, we all know how this feels in one way or another. Everyone has secrets and only by unearthing those truths and confronting the past can one begin to heal.”

Company members include James Trumm and Pamela Tomassetti Hulbert as Dodge and Halie. Their sons Tilden and Bradley are played by Jeffrey A. Burden II and John Toth, respectively. Nolan Thomaswick plays grandson Vince, and Pasha Carter is Shelly, his girlfriend. John DuVall is Father Dewis. The production is directed by Megan Aherne, costumes are designed by Kelly McBane, the set was conceived by Megan Aherne and realized by James S. Hill, Lighting Design is by Corey Sprinkles and Jessica Homer is the Sound Designer.

Buried Child will run two weekends, January 8-10 and 15-17 in the Center Theatre in the Center for Performing Arts on the University of Toledo main campus. Friday and Saturday night performances are at 8 pm, and Sundays are 2 pm matinees. The doors open one half hour prior to curtain. Ticket prices are $15 at the door, or they can be purchased in advance online at for the same price. Student rush tickets for $10 are available at the door only, on the date of performance.

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