Curse of the Starving Class

Show Info

  • Written by:
    Sam Shepard
  • Directed by:
    Cynthia Croot
  • Dates:
    April 2, 2015 - April 12, 2015
  • Show Times:
    Tuesdays - Saturdays, 8PM
    Sundays and Saturday April 11th, 2PM
  • Location:
    Henry Heymann Theatre

On the shores of California, four members of the dysfunctional Tate clan desperately try to hold onto their failing farm. Weston struggles with alcoholism and debt while his wife, Ella, dreams of an exotic escape. Meanwhile son, Wesley, and daughter, Emma, make plans of their own. This Obie Award-winning drama by Sam Shepard takes us deep into the psyche of the American family.    

THEATRE FOR CHANGE: Community Food Drive

The University of Pittsburgh Stages hosts a food drive in conjunction with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank during the run of Curse of the Starving Class. Patrons are encouraged to bring pre-packaged, non-perishable food items.  (Please, no glass containers.)  Anyone who brings an item for donation receives $2 off their ticket.  

Most Wanted Food Items:

  • Cereal (low sugar, high fiber)
  • Tuna or Salmon (canned, packed in water)
  • Fruit (packed in 100% juice or water)
  • Canned Beans (black, garbanzo, etc)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Hand Soap/Toiletries
  • Toilet/Facial Tissue
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Diapers (infant & adult)
  • Canned Vegetables (no or low sodium)


Come inside rehearsal with photos from the show:


Mother Ella is a delusional nut job with dreams of moving to Europe. (Ricardo Vila-Roger and Lucy Clabby are explosive, but tightly controlled, in the roles and make their toxic co-dependency vivid and scary.) The kids, Emma and Wesley, have a grasp on reality more tenuous than Mom and Pop's. (Amy Wooler and Chris Collier do outstanding work showing the need hidden under the armor.) Read the full review »