Buried Child

Travis Preston directed Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Buried Child at the Hong Kong Repertory Theater. It was translated by Artistic Director Anthony Chan and performed in Cantonese with subtitles in Chinese and English. The scenic design was created by one of Preston's long standing collaborators, Chris Barreca.

Buried Child unfolds in a small farmhouse in rural Illinois, as a tormented family finally confronts the terrible secret from their past. Although grounded in realism, the play contains surrealist elements that capture the disillusion of the American dream in the post-Vietnam era.

Preston reflected on Shepard and the playwright/actor’s influence on his own work, “Through this process I gained an even greater appreciation for the depth of his vision, artistry, and humanity – and his singular position as an American writer. Directing this play in Hong Kong, in a language and culture distant from the American heartland, affirmed the universal reach of this great artist.”

Buried Child was part of the 40th anniversary season of the Hong Kong Rep.

Hong Kong Repertory Theater, 2017