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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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GU theater department presents Sam Shepard play this month

the Inland Register

(From the Oct. 2, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Gonzaga University’s Department of Theater Arts is proud to open its 2008-9 season this month with the modern American classic Curse of the Starving Class.

Sam Shepard’s Obie Award-winning black comedy erupts with humor and pathos arising from issues even more pressing now than they were when the play debuted in 1978.

The production is directed by Jesuit Father Kevin Connell and will be staged in the newly remodeled Russell Theater, which will be renamed the Magnuson Theater.

Curse of the Starving Class tells the story of a blue collar family in the American West who have plenty to eat but who are hungry for much more than food. Children battle their parents even as they become them, and battling parents plot to sell the family home out from beneath one another because “Everyone wants a piece of land. It’s the only sure investment. It can never depreciate.”

Critics have praised Curse of the Starving Class as “hilarious and profoundly, frighteningly true.” San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater staged the play this spring for its 30th anniversary. The director, Peter DuBois, said, “It’s particularly uncanny that we’re presenting this play about the wild underbelly of the American dream of home ownership while the homes of half of America are being foreclosed.”

Curse of the Starving Class is a play filled with grim comic insight into the American family, aching for the elusive American Dream, bitter betrayals, and riotous laughs.

The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24, 25, and Friday, Oct. 30, and Sunday, Nov. 1. Matinees at 2 p.m. will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 25, and Sunday, Nov. 2.

For ticket prices, call Gonzaga University: 328-4220.

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