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02-17-2000

Award-winning Play "Buried Child" Comes To Clarkson University

POTSDAM, N.Y.— The Pendragon Theatre Company will present the riveting Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Buried Child” in Clarkson University’s Snell Auditorium on Thursday, February 24, at 8 p.m.

Written by Sam Shepard, “Buried Child” has been referred to as one of the finest plays of the 20th century. The play focuses primarily on the tragedies of suicide within the downfall of an American family. With an abundance of understated symbolism and subtle undertones, “Buried Child” addresses what is often seen, but very often misinterpreted within the homes of middle-class America. Though this play “may look and sound like a domestic tragedy,” it looms with psychological interpretations that may just prove otherwise.

The struggles that “Buried Child” touch upon go much further than the dysfunctional fundamentals of a family’s structure. The play itself centers on struggle -- the struggle with one’s family unit, as well as with one’s self.

The Pendragon Theatre of Saranac Lake is the only professional year-round theatre located in the Adirondacks. The company not only offers educational services, but support for the arts within the Adirondack area as well. In 1994, the Theatre Company was granted the prestigious Governor’s Arts Award in recognition of its aesthetic contributions to New York State.

Admission to the play is free.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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