Catastrophic’s production of Buried Child continues the company’s tradition of presenting heartfelt renditions of what could be called “avant-garde classics.” Having previously presented highly acclaimed versions of modern masterpieces by Samuel Beckett (Endgame, Waiting for Godot), María Irene Fornés (The Danube), Sarah Kane (Crave), and Wallace Shawn (Our Late Night, The Designated Mourner, Marie and Bruce), Catastrophic now adds the iconic Sam Shepard to that distinguished list. Everett Evans, in reviewing Catastrophic’s Endgame for the Houston Chronicle, asserted that that production: “demonstrates exactly why this company and its artistic director Jason Nodler are so important to the city’s cultural life. Catastrophic answers a particular need by producing a kind of theater no one else is doing. […] Certainly no other group in town is doing such work this consistently, nor with the commitment and skill that distinguish every moment of Endgame.”
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT*:
Sam Shepard ranks as one of America's most celebrated dramatists. He has written nearly 50 plays and has seen his work produced across the nation, in venues ranging from Greenwich Village coffee shops to regional professional and community theatres, from college campuses to commercial Broadway houses. His plays are regularly anthologized, and theatre professors teach Sam Shepard as a canonical American author. Outside of his stage work, he has achieved fame as an actor, writer, and director in the Film industry. With a career that now spans nearly 40 years, Sam Shepard has gained the critical regard, media attention, and iconic status enjoyed by only a rare few in American theatre. Throughout his career Shepard has amassed numerous grants, prizes, fellowships, and awards, including the Cannes Palme d'Or and the Pulitzer Prize. He has received abundant popular praise and critical adulation. While the assessment of Shepard's standing may evidence occasional hyperbole, there can be little doubt that he has spoken in a compelling way to American theatre audiences, and that his plays have found deep resonance in the nation's cultural imagination.
*bio from Sam-Shepard.com
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