Curse of the Starving Class

  • Dates: 11/6/2024, 11/7/2024, 11/8/2024, 11/9/2024, 11/10/2024, 11/13/2024, 11/14/2024, 11/15/2024, 11/16/2024
  • Venue: Theatre Raleigh
  • Location: North Raleigh
  • Address: 6638 Old Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh, NC 27616
  • Times: Wed.-Fri. 7:30pm; Sat. 2pm, 7:30pm; Sun. 3pm
  • Admission: $33-50


The setting is a farmhouse in the American West, inhabited by a family who has enough to eat but not enough to satisfy the other hungers that bedevil them. The father is a drunk; the mother a frowzy slattern; the daughter precocious beyond her years; and the son a deranged idealist. As the family decides to sell the house to raise money, the mother talks of running off to Europe or Mexico; the father sobers up and tries to take control; the daughter is blown up in the family car; and the son is left brutalized and bloodied. In the end the characters become a metaphor for the underside of American life—benighted innocents pursuing a dream that remains beyond their reach.