This new production of Curse of the Starving Class, directed by Terry Kinney, honors Pulitzer Prize-winning Legacy playwright Sam Shepard, who passed away in 2017. Living a stagnant, unhappy existence in rural California, the struggling Tate family is desperate for change, but every family member has a different way of trying to improve their station in life. Last produced in NYC by Signature more than 20 years ago, Curse of the Starving Class was called a play of “eloquent intensity, whirlwind farce and resonantly poignant insight” by Time Magazine.

"A blistering revival! Superbly staged and acted."
- The Hollywood Reporter

"Beautiful, signature Shepard writing, in which primal desperation becomes fervid poetry."
The New York Times  

"A gruesome, gleeful demolition of the nuclear family and its fissionable discontents."
The Observer
April 23 - June 2, 2019
Running Time
2 hours 25 minutes, with one intermission
The Irene Diamond Stage


Lizzy DeClement

Flora Diaz

Gilles Geary

Esau Pritchett

Andrew Rothenberg

Maggie Siff

David Warshofsky


Scenic Design
Julian Crouch
Costume Design
Sarah J. Holden
Lighting Design
Natasha Katz
Sound Design & Original Music
Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen
William Berloni
Movement Director
Peter Pucci
Production Stage Manager
Robert Bennett

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