One Time Players take on Shepard’s ‘Buried Child’

It’s been two years, but the One Time Players have returned, and they’ve brought Sam Shepard‘s 1979 Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy, “Buried Child,” back with them.

Performances will be October 29-November 15 at the Chameleon Theater in Port Townsend, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees.

The One Time Players debuted in 2013 with a production of “August: Osage County” at Port Townsend High School.” Like “August,” “Buried Child is directed by David Hillman. “Buried Child” has had only one other recent area production, by Changing Scene Theatre Nortburied child rehearsal photo 4hwest in Bremerton back in 2006.

“Experiencing a Sam Shepard play is like having a dream,” says  Hillman. “As in a dream, everything is very specific, the characters, the places, the events, yet it feels heightened. Objects take on an increased significance. Memory is suspect. Waking logic is suspended. In Buried Child the dream is itself about a dream: the dream of family, and what a powerful and sometimes destructive hold that dream has on us.”

“For this play, we wanted a more intimate setting. The Chameleon Theater gives us that,”  Hillman said of the Chameleon, also home to Atomic Improv classes, acting workshops, and Port Townsend Children’s Theater.

The ensemble cast includes Lawrason Driscoll, Michelle Hensel, Peter Wiant, David Wayne Johnson, Katie Kowalski, Jason Noltemeier, and Dave Cunningham. Set design is by Terry Tennesen. Costumes are by Ginger McNew. Tickets are $15.

Information: 360-385-6207, Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets, 800-838-3006,

— MM

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