Contact: Victoria Winkelman or Kami Duncan
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-3785 or (214) 768-2788

November 6, 2002

MAIN STAGE SEASON AT SMU'S MEADOWS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS PRESENTS SAM SHEPARD'S CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASS, NOV. 20-24

DALLAS (SMU) -- The Division of Theatre at Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts continues its Main Stage Season with the presentation of Sam Shepard's drama Curse of the Starving Class, Nov. 20-24 in the Greer Garson Theatre of the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Parking is available at Hillcrest and Binkley and in the garage beneath the Meadows Museum. Show times are 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and $6 for students and SMU faculty and staff. For more information, call the Meadows Ticket Office at 214-768-2787. (NOTE: The play contains strong language and mature subject matter.)

Winner of a 1976-77 Obie Award for Best New American Play, Curse of the Starving Class is a darkly comic exploration of the American family psyche. The play focuses on the dysfunctional Tate clan -- the drunken dreamer of a father, burned-out mother, rebellious teenage daughter and idealistic son -- as they struggle for control of the rundown family farm in a futile search for freedom, security and ultimately meaning in their lives.

The play will be directed by Kevin Kingston, a senior in theatre studies at the Meadows School. Every year the school selects one senior to direct a fall Main Stage production, and Kingston received the honor this year.

The 2002-2003 theatre season of SMU's Meadows School of the Arts is sponsored by The Dallas Morning News.


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