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October 5, 2004

UMBC Theatre presents Action by Sam Shepard

Photo by Damon MeledonesThe UMBC Department of Theatre presents Action, a rarely performed play by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and film actor Sam Shepard, directed by Colette Searls. The play runs from October 19th through 24th at the UMBC Theatre.

Action takes the audience right into the living room of a post-apocalyptic holiday. Liza, Lupe, Jeep and Shooter are trapped in a cold, isolated cabin after a mysterious “crisis.” Time has passed since the days of mass-media and indoor plumbing and they are struggling to pull off a holiday meal. Limited food, an uncertain future and overwhelming boredom begin to take their toll with disturbing and absurd results. In this hilarious marriage between the realistic and bizarre, Shepard offers a stirring look at the unplugged American mind.

Sam Shepard has written 45 plays, 11 of which have won Obie Awards, and has appeared as an actor in 16 films. In 1979 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Buried Child, and in 1984 he earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in The Right Stuff. His screenplay for Paris, Texas won the Golden Palm Award at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, and he wrote and directed the film Far North in 1988. Other plays by Sam Shepard include Simpatico, Curse of the Starving Class, True West, Fool for Love and A Lie of the Mind. In 1986 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 1992 he received the Gold Medal for Drama from the Academy. In 1994 he was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.

The production features set and costume design by Elena Zlotescu and lighting and sound design by Terry Cobb.

Tuesday, October 19 at 8 pm (preview)
Wednesday, October 20 at 8 pm
Thursday, October 21 at 4 pm
Friday, October 22 at 8 pm
Saturday, October 23 at 8 pm
Sunday, October 24 at 4 pm

$10 general admission
$5 students
$3 for the preview
Ticket proceeds benefit the Department of Theatre Scholarship Fund.
Theatre Box Office: 410-455-2476

Theatre Box Office: 410-455-2476
Public information: (24 hour recorded message): 410-455-ARTS
Media inquiries only: 410-455-3370

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From Baltimore and points north, proceed south on I-95 to exit 47B. Take Route 166 toward Catonsville and then follow signs to the Theatre.

From I-695, take Exit 12C (Wilkens Avenue) and continue one-half mile to the entrance of UMBC at the roundabout intersection of Wilkens Avenue and Hilltop Road. Turn left and follow signs to the Theatre.

From Washington and points south, proceed north on I-95 to Exit 47B. Take Route 166 toward Catonsville and then follow signs to the Theatre.

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Photo by Damon Meledones


Posted by dwinds1 at October 5, 2004 12:00 AM