Fool for Love by Sam Shepherd
Preview: 10/18&10/19. Performances: 10/20-22, 10/25-29, 11/1-5, 11/8-12
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Performances will run on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Monday at 7pm with a Sunday matinee at 3pm from October 18- November 12th. This material is for MATURE AUDIENCES.
Running time is currently expected to be under 2 hours.
Through searing truth and dark humor, Fool for Love shows the story of two people who just can't live without each other whether they like it or not. May is hiding out at an old motel in the Mojave Desert. Eddie, an old flame and childhood friend, finds her there and threatens to drag her back into the life from which she had fled. Reality and dream; truth and lies; past and present mingle in an explosive, emotional experience.
Sam Shepard wrote Fool for Love shortly after breaking up with his wife O-Lan. In a letter to his friend and virtuoso collaborator, Joe Chaikin, Shepard described his play as "the outcome of all this tumultuous feeling I've been going through this past year…it's a very emotional play and in some ways embarrassing for me to witness but somehow necessary at the same time."
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Notable Past Performances
A large number of Studio projects have gone on to considerable commercial success:
A HATFUL OF RAIN
THE ROSE TATTOO
END AS A MAN
EAST OF EDEN
NIGHT OF THE IGUANA
THE ZOO STORY
THE DEATH OF BESSIE SMITH
THE WORLD OF BEEBEE FENSTERMAKER
THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS
The plays, COMPANY and TWIGS, both by George Furth, come out of the Actors Studio West, and went on to successful Broadway runs.
Recent public performances at the Actors Studio have included: THE CHERRY ORCHARD, with Ellen Burstyn, directed by John Gould Rubin; FIRST BORN, by Lyle Kessler, with Margaret Ladd, Suzanne DiDonna, Gabe Fazio, Michael Aronov, Paul Ben-Victor, and Jack Kehler; Harold Pinter’s OLD TIMES, directed by Beau Gravitte, with Beth Manspeizer, Sayra Player, and Chris Stack; Under the Theatre and Social Justice Series, we presented MUD, by Maria Irene Fornes, RHAPSODY IN BLACK, written by and starring Leland Gantt; the Community Trust project; THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT and OUR LADY OF 121st St. both by Stephen Adly Guirgis. The series, featuring post-performance talkbacks with a stellar panel of professionals in the field of Social Justice, was overseen by Estelle Parsons. JUDAS went on to a public very successful run at the world-famous LaMama theatre off-Broadway.