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Stanford Summer Theater presents Sam Shepard's "Curse of the Starving Class"
Date Thursday July 12
Time 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location Details
Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium, Memorial Way, Stanford campus
Event Type Concert/Show
Organizer/AuthorEmma Wilde Botta
Starring Stanford Summer Theater veterans Marty Pistone, Courtney Walsh, Ben Fisher, and Max Sosna-Spear, Curse of the Starving Class is a comedy with a difference. An American family filled with strangely lovable characters lives out its delusions and fantasies with hilarious energy and willful denial. Like a lottery whose payoff rises each week but no one ever wins the jackpot, Curse of the Starving Class leads us over the rainbow, always hungry for something more, and for some way home.

Written in 1976, Curse of the Starving Class is eerily prophetic, its world built on bad loans, speculation in land and real estate, and the little man’s struggle against the corporate “zombies” who run the country into the ground while laughing their way to the bank. A hilarious, brilliantly crafted, and deeply affecting play, Curse of the Starving Class takes us back through our cultural history and forward towards our wildest dreams.

Curse of the Starving Class plays Thursday – Sunday, July 19 through August 12, in the Pigott Theater, a 190-seat gem on the Stanford campus. For tickets and more information, visit the SST website,, and click on tickets. Or email sst [at], or leave a message at 650-798-4072.
Tickets are $25, $15 for seniors and students.
WHAT: SST’s production of Sam Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class, directed by Rush Rehm (Artistic Director, Stanford Summer Theater), starring Marty Pistone (Weston), Courtney Walsh (Ella), Max Sosna-Spear (Wesley), Jessica Waldman (Emma), with Ben Fisher (Taylor), Keith Marshall (Ellis), Ben Knoll (Slater), and Michael Vang (Malcom, Emerson). Set design by Chad Bonaker, costumes by Connie Strayer.
WHERE: Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium, Memorial Way, Stanford campus.
WHEN: Opening night, Thursday July 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm. Curse of the Starving Class plays July 19 through August 12, Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm (a post-show discussion follows each matinee performance).
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