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Jared Walz (left) is Tilden and Katelin DeLorenzo is Shelley in UMD's production of Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Buried Child." Photo by Brett Groehler.

A fractured farm family is at the root of Sam Shepard's play "Buried Child," a post-modern Pulitzer Prize winner that opens today at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

The patriarch, Dodge, is logging serious couch time and his wife Halie harbors a few horizontally-born secrets herself. The boys, Tilden and Bradley, are struggling with irregular burdens. Then comes Vince, Tilden's son, and he's an unrecognizable presence. His girlfriend, though? She fits right in.

Shepard's play was originally staged in the late 1970s, when it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and it got a rewrite in the 1990s. It was revived for a quick Broadway run in 1996 and nominated for five Tony Awards.

Go see it

What: University of Minnesota Duluth's production of "Buried Child" by Sam Shepard, directed by Jenna Soleo-Shanks

When: Opens 7:30 p.m. today; runs 7:30 p.m. Thur.-Sat. and March 25-29; 2 p.m. March 30

Where: Dudley Experimental Theatre, Marshall Performing Arts Center UMD

Tickets: $18 adults, $15 faculty and staff, $13 seniors, $8 students, $6 UMD students; Call (218) 726-8561 or go to