Coming next to Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre, following the current must-see Mystery of Irma Vep, is Sam Shepard’s comedy-drama Curse of the Starving Class (Friday 20 March – Saturday 11 April).
On a run-down Californian farmstead, at the edge of the desert and within migrating distance of the Mexican border, an alcoholic husband and his wife are each scheming to sell off their family home without the other’s knowledge, while their children struggle to come to terms with the harsh reality of the world they have been born into.
Debt, stolen dreams and a fear of the future fuel the family’s self-destructive behaviours, as they sacrifice their meagre values, and each other, to attain something of the better life they envision for themselves.
Behind Shepard’s exploration of the corruption of money and the all-consuming lure of corporation is a painfully funny portrait of a family in decline, unsure whether to reject or embrace the label of America’s ‘starving class’ while teetering on the edge of poverty, sanity and society itself.
Director Mark Thomson (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Six Characters in Search of an Author) is bringing a strong cast to the production, with Auf, Wiedersehen Pet’s Christopher Fairbank leading the troupe.
Head over to the Lyceum website for more on Curse of the Starving Class.
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