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Curse of the Starving Class

 



Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard's dark comedy that follows the Tate family as they struggle to make it on a run-down farm in a country being sold off by developers.

From the producers: Living a stagnant, unhappy existence in rural California, the struggling Tate family is desperate for change, but every family member has a different way of trying to improve their station in life. Last produced in NYC by Signature more than 20 years ago, "Curse of the Starving Class" was called a play of “eloquent intensity, whirlwind farce and resonantly poignant insight” by Time Magazine.

Sam Shepard's "Curse of the Starving Class" is considered the first of a series on family tragedies by the playwright. Some critics consider it part of a Family Trilogy that includes "Buried Child" and "True West." Others consider it part of a quintet that includes "Fool for Love" and "A Lie of the Mind." The play was commissioned by Joseph Papp and premiered in London in 1977 before playing at Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival in 1978.

Directed by Tony Award nominee Terry Kinney, the cast includes Lizzy DeClement, Flora Diaz, Gilles Geary, Esau Pritchett, Andy Rothenberg, Maggie Siff (Showtime's "Billions"), and David Warshofsky.


What's the Signature Theatre? Signature is a highly-regarded Off-Broadway company founded in 1991. Signature focused each of its first 20 seasons on the work of a single playwright - Sam Shepard, Romulus Linney, Horton Foote, Lanford Wilson, August Wilson, etc. With the opening of the spectacular new Signature Center just west of Times Square, the company has expanded its annual offerings. Tickets, highly subsidized since 2005 by the company's Signature Ticket Initiative, are only $35. More here.


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