Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Interview: Andrea Morales and BURIED CHILD at The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ

Interview: Andrea Morales and BURIED CHILD at The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ

Buried Child, written by Sam Shepard and directed by Paul Mullins will be performed at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey from September 19 through October 7. The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama marks the first time that the Theatre will present a Sam Shepard play. It is a stunning allegory about America, a darkly funny and disturbing depiction of the American dream gone wrong. This modern classic comes to life on the Madison stage.

Broadwayworld.com New Jersey had the pleasure of interviewing Andrea Morales who plays Shelly in Buried Child.

Morales is in her first season with The Shakespeare Theatre. Recently she was at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in #nowall. Past theatre favorites include Pinkolandia at Two River Theater and Macbeth with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Developmentally she's worked on such on plays such as Rebels 'Til Death by Gina Femina at Playwrights Horizons, Stupid Kid by Sharr White at The New Group, Las Hermanas Padilla by Tony Meneses at The Signature Theatre and the living'life of the daughter mira by Matthew Paul Olmos at The Lark. Recent TV/film credits include Bull, The Blacklist and Hearts Beat Loud. She holds an MFA from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Were you interested in theatre as a child? If so, tell us a little about your early experiences.

I was involved in the theatre as a young kid. I had lots of energy and my mom was always looking for things that would keep me entertained. I happened upon a community theatre production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and got hooked. However, I kind of fell away from theatre after that until college when I really picked it up again and eventually changed my major.

We'd love to know about your performing arts education and the MFA program at University of Missouri in Kansas City.

UMKC was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The three year program enabled me to grow as a person and artist. The small class size (there were eight of us and then we ended up as a class of six) enabled me to get lots of attention from all the professors. We were given ample opportunity to work on shows in Kansas City theaters, outside of the school. I will be forever grateful for my training.

What are some of the challenges of balancing a film and stage career?

I would say that the longer I work the more I realize that both stage and film are all one. I'm thankful for the work whether it's a gust star, film or a play. Whichever comes brings something new and exciting for me to work on and experience. All I'm searching for in my career is finding truth through my character's perspective. Whenever I get to do that, I'm living my best life.

How has your experience been at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey?

I feel so lucky to have found such a wonderful company. It really feels like an artistic oasis. The rehearsal space at 3 Vreeland is near beautiful woods. I'm lucky to be here with such talented people.

Tell us a little about your role as Shelly in Buried Child.

Shelly is a strong woman caught in the crosshairs of a deep family secret. She knows that there is something wrong and stops at nothing to figure out what has happened to this family. She's strong enough to stay and she is also strong enough to leave. I'm really lucky that I get to play her.

Why do you think Buried Child will appeal to metro area audiences?

Sam Shepard created an instant classic in this show. It's dark and funny. It's shocking and odd. It's unapologetic. You want to go on this adventure with this family. It won a Pulitzer. There are so many reasons to come see this play.


Anything else, absolutely anything you want our BWW readers to know.

Sam Shepard passed away last year. This play was published in 1977 and yet it feels current. I'm so happy that The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is honoring his work by producing his play. He was a force of nature and he wrote that force down on paper. I'm thrilled to be able to be a part of this exciting piece of theatre.

Can you share some of your plans for the future?

I'm excited to be getting back out on the audition train. I have a busy season coming up and hope to book some fun TV work. I can't wait for more opportunities to come my way!

To learn more about Andrea Morales, please visit: http://www.andreamorales.us/.

Follow Andrea on Instagram @ajmorale

Tickets for Buried Child are now on sale. The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre is located at 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940. For more information, visit their Box Office, call 973.408.5600 or go to their web site at https://www.shakespearenj.org/.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Andrea Morales


BroadwayWorld Logo Vote Now for the 2022 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Awards
Vote Nowvoting ends in



Two River Theaters Annual Holiday Pop-Up on the Plaza to Return This Month Photo
‘Tis the season for the Red Bank community to come together for all things holiday! Two River Theater announced the return of their annual Holiday Pop-Up on Saturday, December 17, from 10AM to 2PM.

NJPAC Receives $25,000 From MAC On Behalf Of The Estate Of Whitney Houston Photo
In celebration of Whitney Houston's life and boundary-breaking career, M·A·C Cosmetics has made a $25,000 donation to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center to ensure the next generation of music icons have exposure and access to music education programs.

The Black Box Hosts Two Special Fundraising Events In Englewood Photo
Tickets are now on sale for two special fundraising events, in support of The Black Box's 2023 Season of new and under produced works from world class writers and artists-in-residence.

Gipsy Kings Featuring Tonino Baliardo: Renaissance Tour Comes to NJPAC in April Photo
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) has announced the return of The Gipsy Kings featuring Tonino Baliardo on their Renaissance Tour stopping in Newark, on Sunday, April 30, 2023 at 7:00 P.M.


From This Author - Marina Kennedy

Marina P. Kennedy's writing career led her from freelancing opportunities in New Jersey and New York to writing for Broadwayworld.com where she covers entertainment, the culinary scen... (read more about this author)


CIRCLE LINE Lights Up the Holidays with Specialty Themed CruisesCIRCLE LINE Lights Up the Holidays with Specialty Themed Cruises
December 7, 2022

Circle Line, home of NYC’s most iconic sightseeing boat tours, announced today, all new holiday-themed cruises for the month of December. 

TINO'S Opens a New Location in the Chelsea Neighborhood of NYCTINO'S Opens a New Location in the Chelsea Neighborhood of NYC
December 6, 2022

Tino’s Artisan Pizza Co. is an artisanal pizzeria and Italian restaurant that has gained a cult following across five locations in New Jersey has recently opened its sixth location in NYC’s Chelsea/Flatiron neighborhood.

FEELING GIFTY? We Are! Check out Holiday Selections for Food and Wine LoversFEELING GIFTY? We Are! Check out Holiday Selections for Food and Wine Lovers
December 6, 2022

Now is the time for some serious holiday shopping. We have collected our favorites for food and wine lovers.

Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Paper Mill Playhouse Charms Audiences with a Magnificent ProductionReview: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Paper Mill Playhouse Charms Audiences with a Magnificent Production
December 6, 2022

Paper Mill Playhouse is heralding the holiday season with their magnificent production of The Sound of Music through Sunday, January 1.

OLMECA ALTOS® Launches Margarita Classic Lime Ready-To-ServeOLMECA ALTOS® Launches Margarita Classic Lime Ready-To-Serve
December 5, 2022

Olmeca Altos®, the award-winning tequila, is mixing up the ready-to-serve cocktail market with the launch of Olmeca Altos® Margarita Classic Lime.