‘Curse of the Starving Class’ Opens at the MAC

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By Ann FinkCollege of DuPage College Theater presents Sam Shepard’s dark and biting satire, “Curse
of the Starving Class,” directed by Michael Ryczek, Oct. 4 to 21 at the McAninch Arts
Center, on the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd.Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the MAC’s Studio
Theatre.“Curse of the Starving Class” focuses on the Tate family as they fight for control
of their rundown farm in the hope of finding freedom, security and meaning in their
lives. The Village Voice calls “Curse of the Starving Class” “epic, unpredictable,
and deliriously ironic,” and the LA Times describes it as “compelling, explosive theater.”“Curse of the Starving Class” (1978) is part of a family trilogy that includes “Buried
Child” (1979) and “True West” (1980). The first production was staged at the Royal
Court in London on April 21, 1977. The first American production was staged at the
Public Theater during the New York Shakespeare Festival on March 2, 1978. It was directed
by Robert Woodruff and starred James Gammon, Olympia Dukakis and Pamela Reed. It received
the 1976–1977 Obie Award for Best New American Play. A 1994 film version starred James
Woods, Kathy Bates and Randy Quaid.The cast for the COD College Theater’s production includes Benjamin Cardinal (Downers
Grove), Declan Casey (Hinsdale), Derek Cook (Naperville) and Christopher Lindquest
(Naperville), Kyle Nimrick (Lombard), Riley Skalski (Itasca), Chris Turner (Lombard)
Aaron Taylor (Westchester) and Elissa Wolf (St. Charles).Sam Shepard (playwright) was born in 1943 in Fort Sheridan, Ill. and wrote nearly
50 plays including the Pulitzer prize-winning “Buried Child” (1978), “True West” (1980)
and “Fool for Love” (1983). In addition to his achievements as a playwright, he was
also known as an accomplished actor, screenwriter and director. Common themes in his
work explored the myth versus reality of American life, the disparity between past
and present and the conflict between fathers and sons. He died …

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