First debuted in 1978, Buried Child is written by Sam Shepard. A fantastic theatrical work of the American nuclear family along with the 1970 rural economic failure and the disillusionment of the traditional American family setting. The story plays out around a family, cursed after burying an unwanted newborn. Only after the corpse of the child is unearthed can the curse be lifted from the family. Shepard wrote this story in order to illustrate the disfunctions of a relatable family of American farmers. He wanted to captivate the audience and evoke emotions within them. In 1979, Buried Child was nominated for and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.