Clovis Community Colleges Department of Theater...Clovis, NM (November 2007)- Clovis Community College's Department of Theatre will present the Pulitzer Prize winning play, Buried Child, directed by Christy Mendoza on November 30 and December 1, 7:00PM, in Town Hall at CCC. Tickets $7 and are available at the CCC Cashiers' windows or at the door the evening of the performance (pending availability).
Buried Child was this year's top winner in the preliminary Region VI competition of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) held on the Amarillo College campus in Amarillo, Texas on November 2. This production of Buried Child will now compete with other colleges for one of six spots in the KCACTF Region IV competitions which will be held this year in Huntsville, Texas. The winning schools in Huntsville will be considered for an invitation to the national festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in the spring of 2008.
Cast members, who are all Theatre students at CCC, took home awards for stage managing, set design, lighting design, sound design, and cast and crew properties design. Ms. Mendoza received the top award for directing, and three of the actors were nominated for the coveted Irene Ryan Acting Award. Many will remember Irene Ryan as the actress who played "Granny" in the hit sitcom, Beverly Hillbillies. Upon her death Ms. Ryan donated $1 million dollars to the Kennedy Center to create scholarships for aspiring actors.
Winner of the 1979 Pulitzer Prize, this powerful play probes deep into the breakdown of the American Dream. The setting is a neglected farm home occupied by a family filled with suppressed violence and an unease due to deep-seated unhappiness. The characters include an angry, alcoholic grandfather, a self-righteous grandmother who goes on drinking bouts with the local minister, and their sons, Tilden, an All-American football player 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. Tilden unearths a dark secret and purges the family, at last, of its ill repute, and suggests the possibility of a new beginning under Vince, whose estrangement from the others has spared him the taint of their sin.
To find out more on this event, please contact Christy Mendoza, 769-4950. For more on the KCACTF, please go to http://www.kcactf.org/