Shepard's 'Fool for Love' to finish Second Stage series

1:53:00 AM CDT - Wednesday, March 15, 2006

By Shannon Littlejohn

An intense drama will finish off the School of Performing Arts Second Stage series for the season.

"Fool for Love," by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard, focuses on what appears at first to be a chance meeting between two people, May and Eddie, who once shared a love affair. Set in a dilapidated motel in the Mojave Desert, the action centers on their on-again, off-again, sometimes violent relationship as it becomes clear that the two are connected in more ways than physical love. They are half-siblings whose disturbing affair has left them in ruins more times than they can count.
The play is known as vintage Shepard, a playwright/actor who explores the meaning of identity in many of his works. In fact, Shepard played Eddie in the 1985 movie, which was directed by Robert Altman.

"Fool For Love" covers some of Shepard's favorite topics: passion, insatiable love, fate, incest and the West. Its powerful and poetically spare dialogue compounds the intensity of the situation

The play is being directed by Carrie Buettner, a senior in performance theater. The cast includes Steve Hitchcock as Eddie; Adrienne Matzen as May;
Cale Espinel as the Young Man; and Bill Calhoun as the Old Man.
"Fool for Love" is rated NC-17 (no one 17 and under admitted).

University Theatre Second Stage will present "Fool for Love" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, April 5-9, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9, in the Welsbacher Theatre in the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex at 5015 E. 29th St. N. Tickets are $8, with discounts available. For ticket information, contact the College of Fine Arts Box Office at 978-3233.


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