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Fool for Love by Sam Shepard

2 October 2014

“Buckle up for a bumpy ride down lovers’ lane that’s as uncomfortable and tragic as it is provocative and engaging.”

– The Austin Chronicle”

“FOOL FOR LOVE is an impeccably acted piece of theatrical intensity

– Austin Theatre Examiner

Capital T presents

Fool for Love

by Sam Shepard

Directed by Mark Pickell

October 30th-November 22nd

Thursday – Saturday at 8pm

Hyde Park Theatre   511 W43rd St

After a long absence, Eddie has traveled 2,480 miles to reclaim May, his lover since high school. May’s efforts to make a fresh start are undermined by Eddie’s attempts to drag her back into the life from which she has escaped. In a stark motel on the edge of the Mojave desert the lovers long to be together but find no solace in each other’s arms.

What is arguably Pulitzer and Oscar Award-winning writer/actor Shepard’s best-known play, “Fool for Love” is an alternately tender and often funny portrait of two lovers haunted by the sins of their past.

Cap T is proud to present Sam Shepard’s classic FOOL FOR LOVE directed by 2 time Austin Critics Table Awards and B. Iden Payne award winning director Mark Pickell (Killer Joe, Lieutenant of Inishmore). FOOL FOR LOVE stars Austin standouts Joey Hood (Detroit, A Lie of the Mind), Travis Dean (A Lie of the Mind) Molly Karrasch (Exit Pursued by a Bear) and Wes Raitt (Lieutenant of Inishmore).  Running Time: 80 minutes without intermission.  

Cast

Eddie – Joey Hood

May – Molly Karrasch

The Old Man – Travis Dean

Martin – Wes Raitt

About the Playwright

Sam Shepard – Playwright
Considered one of the foremost modern American playwrights Sam Shepard was born the son of a career Army father and spent his childhood on military bases in the United States and Guam before his family settled on a farm in Duarte, California. In 1963, Shepard moved to New York City, where he began to write plays for the emerging experimental underground theater scene. In 1966, Red Cross, Chicago, and Icarus’s Mother earned Shepard a trio of Village Voice OBIE Awards. In 1967 and 1968, Shepard wrote La Turista, his first full-length play, Melodrama Play, and Forensic and the Navigators, all of which also won OBIEs, and Cowboys #2, which premiered in Los Angeles. He continued to write plays, completing Holy Ghostly and The Unseen Hand in 1969, Operation Sidewinder and Shaved Splits in 1970, and Mad Dog Blues, Back Bog Beast Bait, and Cowboy Mouth (written with poet/musician Patti Smith) in 1971. In 1974, Shepard became the playwright-in-residence at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, a position he held until 1984. Plays from this period include Action (OBIE Award, 1974), Killers Head (1975), Angel City (1976), and Suicide in B-Flat (1976). Beginning in the late 1970s, Shepard applied his unconventional dramatic vision to a more conventional dramatic form, the family tragedy, producing Curse of the Starving Class and Buried Child in 1978 (both of which won OBIE Awards) and True West in 1980. Shepard achieved his warmest critical reception with Buried Child, which also won the Pulitzer Prize for drama. Throughout the 1980s and into the 90s, Shepard continued to write plays-Fool for Love (1983) won OBIEs for best play as well as direction, and A Lie of the Mind (1985) garnered the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for outstanding new play-and expanded his work in film. The Magic Theatre premiered The Late Henry Moss, starring Sean Penn and Nick Nolte, before it was moved to the Signature Theatre in New York in 2001. Shepard’s recent projects include the plays The God of Hell (2005) and Kicking a Dead Horse, which premiered in Dublin, Ireland in March 2007, and had its New York premiere in July 2008 at The Public Theater. In 1985 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which awarded him the Gold Medal for Drama in 1992. In 1994 he was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.