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    Sam Shepard’s Oresteia

    Written by Stephen Dickey “I do honor the ones that have come before me. It’s ridiculous to think that you are born out of thin air…. If you don’t honor your ancestors—in the real sense—you are committing a kind of suicide.” –Sam Shepard In a 1986 interview in Rolling Stone, Sam Shepard cited some playwrights…

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    Insiders Recap: Gem of the Ocean

    Written by Rebecca Wilson For our second Insiders meeting of the season, we were honored and excited to welcome Staci Mitchell of Cal State LA as our speaker, as well as our very own Veralyn Jones (Aunt Ester) as our guest actor for the evening. The evening began with an air of excitement as we…

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    How Well Do You Know Sam Shepard?

    Whether acting on screen or writing behind the curtain, Sam Shepard brought a critically acclaimed talent and a gripping presence that has mesmerized audiences for decades. How much do you know about his life and his career? Test your knowledge!

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    Author Profile: Sam Shepard

    Sam Shepard was born on November 5, 1943 at Fort Sheridan, a military base just outside of Chicago, Illinois. Shepard’s mother, Jane Rogers, was a schoolteacher and his father, Samuel Shepard Rogers, was serving in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. As he grew up, Shepard’s family life proved to be…

  • Bridgette Ramirez

    Theatre of the Absurd & Buried Child

    A father who doesn’t recognize his own son. Corn that grows overnight and out of nowhere. Visions of ancestors in a car windshield. The world of Sam Shepard’s Buried Child is riddled with nonsense, unreality, and bizarre events that spin the characters on their heads, with no end goal in sight – all of which…

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    Q&A with Gem of the Ocean Director Gregg T. Daniel

    Embark on a fantastical journey as Director Gregg T. Daniel shares about his passion for August Wilson’s play Gem of the Ocean, as well as his own path to discover himself as a renowned artist and director. What attracted you to Gem of the Ocean? August Wilson is one of the great playwrights of the…

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    Q&A with Buried Child Scenic Designer Sibyl Wickersheimer

    The home is the center of it all in Sam Shepard’s twist on the American family drama in his critically acclaimed Buried Child. Who is building this home, and where does her inspiration come from? Get your answers here in a Q&A session with Scenic Designer Sibyl Wickersheimer. What attracted you to Buried Child? What is…

  • Bridgette Ramirez

    First Rehearsal Recap: Buried Child

    “There’s the familiar, then there’s the surreal.” Director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott described Buried Child in a nutshell. The setting: an old house in the Midwest. The characters: a bickering family. The time: 1970s. Yet as many familiar elements as there are, Sam Shepard’s cutting masterpiece shocks the senses with startling hilarity and bizarre surrealism that upend…

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    Insiders Recap: Frankenstein

    Written by Rebecca Wilson Here at A Noise Within, we were very excited to kick off our new season of Insiders sessions with our discussion of Frankenstein on August 27th. Our guest speaker for the evening was Dr. Fuson Wang of the University of California Riverside, who specializes in British Romantic Literature and happens to…

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