November 2nd, 2017 - November 19th, 2017
By Sam Shepard
Thurs.-Sun. at 8pm
The setting is a squalid farm home occupied by a family filled with suppressed violence and an unease born of deep-seated unhappiness. The characters are a ranting alcoholic grandfather; a sanctimonious grandmother who goes on drinking bouts with the local minister; and their sons, Tilden, an All-American footballer now a hulking semi-idiot; and Bradley, who has lost one leg to a chain saw. Into their midst comes Vince, a grandson none of them recognizes or remembers, and his girlfriend, Shelly, who cannot comprehend the madness to which she is suddenly introduced.
$25 aduilts / $20 student & seniors
Winner of the 1979 Pulitzer Prize. Revised for the 1996 Broadway production. This powerful and brilliant play probes deep into the disintegration of the American Dream.
"Shepard is one of the most prolific of our playwrights, and, for that matter, certainly one of the most brilliant." —NY Post.
"Mr. Shepard is an uncommon playwright and uncommonly gifted..." —NY Times. "...wildly poetic, full of stage images and utterances replete with insidious suggestiveness..." —NY Magazine.
|Zach Abraham (Father Dewis) is very happy to be making his second appearance with the Black Box Performing Arts Center of Teaneck. He was previously seen in Black Box's production of Edward Albee's The Goat Or, Who Is Sylvia playing the role of Ross Tuttle. Other credits include, stage: The Odd Couple (Felix Ungar) Theater League of Clifton, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Vice Principal Panch) Dover Little Theater, Memphis:The Musical (Mr. Simmons) Vanguard Theater Company, South Pacific (Luther Billis) Theater League of Clifton, Queen of No Hearts (Dick Filbert) Afrikan Women's Repertory Theater, The Graduate (Mr. Braddock) Teaneck New Theater, The 39 Steps (Clown 2) Teaneck New Theater, Hairspray (Mr. Spritzer/Mr. Pinky/High School Principal/Security Guard) Vanguard Theater Company, August: Osage County(Sheriff Deon Gilbeau) Pinnworth Productions; He also recently appeared in The Network Theatre Compnany's 3rd season 10 minute play festival in 5 different 10 minute plays. Film: "28 Minute Epic" (Cornelius); Webseries: "Jake's Unemployment Summer ep.3" (Unemployed Person). Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.|
|Jason Felix (Bradley/Production Design) is an aspiring actor in both realms (theatre & film). Raised in a Colombian/ Dominican household, Jason's BBPAC credits include Hand To God (Assistant Director/Production Design), Disgraed (Production Design) the titular role of 'Skip Gold' in Skip & Rivka's Not-So-Kosher Interactive Wedding Experience, Stage Manager for Twist of Faith, Production Stage Manager and "Soldier" in Cloud 9, Jake in Evil Dead: The Musical, Sammy/Mr. Lyons in Blood Brothers: The Musical, and more.|
|Michael Gardiner (Dodge) is thrilled to be back at Black Box Performing Arts Center just after playing one of his dream roles, Jason in Hand To God. He was most recently seen as Petruchio in Hudson Shakespeare Company's The Taming of the Shrew. Black Box PAC credits include Betty/Gerry in Cloud 9, Jonah in Bad Jews, and Sam in Twist of Faith. Michael graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BA in Theatre Arts. Some credits from the Fairleigh Dickinson University stage include The Crucible (John Proctor), Merrily We Roll Along (Joe Josephson), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Oberon/Theseus), and Little Shop of Horrors (Mushnik).|
|Sara Giacomini (Production Associate) is a recent graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University's Musical Theatre program. She is curently featured in the titular role in the new BBPAC show for kids, Junie B. Jones: The Musical. Some of her favorite credits include Cloud 9(Maude/Lin), Blood Brothers (Linda) at BBPAC, The Crucible (Abigail Williams) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia). "Never apologize for your art." saragiacomini.com|
|Nachi Lederer (Assistant Director/Production Design) is thrilled to work on Sam Shepard's masterpiece with such a stellar cast. Nachi can currently be seen in BBPAC's production of Junie B Jones: The Musical as Herbert and Chenille! Some of Nachi's favorite past roles include Emmett (Legally Blonde The Musical), Leaf Coneybear (The 25th ... Spelling Bee), and Billy (The Cripple of Inishmaan). Enjoy the show!|
|Bishon Prushankin (Shelley) is beyond excited to be a part of this production of Buried Child. She was last seen this August as Elizabeth in Killers and Other Family at the Times Square Arts Center. Past roles include Alma Winemiller in Summer and Smoke, Janet Weiss in The Rocky Horror Show, Louise in Gypsy, Abigail Williams in The Crucible, Ilse in Spring Awakening, and Emily Webb in Our Town. Bishon studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York.|
|Joseph Ramondino (Vince) is a recent graduate of SUNY Purchase. Past performances at Black Box PAC include Hand To God (Timmy), Twist of Faith (Baruch) and Cloud 9 (Harry/Martin). Other credits include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Frankenstein, and Twelfth Night. Joe made his off-Broadway debut recently in the first production of Blunt Civility.|
|Lisa Tiger (Hallie) studied theater and voice at Brandies University. She began working with Black Box in 2010, and has recently appeared in Blood Brothers (Mrs. Lyons), Next to Normal (Diana), Summer Brave (Flo Owens), Into the Woods (Baker's wife), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett) and Blood Wedding (Mother).|
|Laurence Wallace (Tilden) is thrilled to return to the BBPAC for this production of Buried Child, on the heels of playing both Pastor Greg in Hand To God and Isaac in Disgraced. Laurence was also in Skip & Rivka's Not-So-Kosher Interactive Wedding Experience in May/June 2017, Cloud 9 (as Clive/Edward) in March 2017, Edward Albee's The Goat Or, Who Is Sylvia? (as Martin) in December 2016 – all at BBPAC. His previous theater credits include Red, The Realistic Joneses, Purlie Victorious, A Soldier's Story, ART, The Death of a Salesman, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue, and True West.|
|Huey Esquire (Associate Producer/BBPAC Resident Musical Director and Improv Headmaster) is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, playwright, filmmaker, improviser, and veteran of the early days of Black Box Studios. "Recovering" from a 20 year career as an entertainment and intellectual property lawyer, Huey co-founded Black Box Performing Arts Center, where he currently serves as resident Musical Director and Improv Headmaster. In late Summer 2015, Huey began a developmental workshop of his original musical This Time, A New Musical Romance – for which he has written book, music, and lyrics – that continues development after an Off Broadway run. Recent production credits at BBPAC include The Goat Or, Who Is Sylvia?, Bad Jews, The Whipping Man, Disgraced, and Hand To God. Recent musical direction credits include Green Day's American Idiot, Blood Brothers A Musical, Evil Dead The Musical, RMTI's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Heathers The Musical: High School Edition, and a concert version of his own This Time.|
|Matt Okin (Director/BBPAC Artistic Director) founded Black Box Studios in 2007 and opened Black Box Performing Arts Center in November 2015. Recent directing credits include: Hand To God, Heathers The Musical: High School Edition (teens), Disgraced, Cloud 9, Skip & Rivkah's Not-So- Kosher Interactive Wedding Experience, The Goat Or, Who Is Sylvia?, Blood Brothers A Musical, Evil Dead The Musical, Bad Jews, RMTI's new production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (teens), True Groove Productions’ Diana & Navy & The Golden Tooth, The Pillowman, and Passing Strange (all at BBPAC); the Off-Broadway premiere of Huey Esquire's This Time, A New Musical Romance (at Theater For The New City, as well as BBPAC); and the BBS Ensemble's productions of Falsettos "In Concert", House Of Blue Leaves, and Next To Normal (all at bergenPAC), among many others. As a playwright, director, and composer, Matt's original plays and musicals include: Beltsville/Rockville, Part One: Rise Of The Goatman (NJ workhops), Out Of Whack: The All-Kids Rock Musical (devised, at Theater For The New City), Soul Searching (45th Street Theater, DR2 Theater, D-Lounge, and the NYMF), Generations (various NYC venues and NYMF), and A Match Made In Manhattan: The Interactive Jewish Wedding Experience (NYC and national tours). Other original plays, produced both in New York and on national tours include: Second Chances, Twist Of Faith, Walter Liked To Sit In His Big Backyard, Cherry Hill, The Ugly Wife, and Pigs. Matt received a BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University's Tisch School Of The Arts.|