Fool for Love

March 1, 2018 - March 11, 2018

Cumberland Theatre & Creative Arts Center

Winner of the Obie Award, Fool for Love has often been called the late playwright and actor Sam Shepard's "purest work."A critical and popular success, this masterfully constructed play brings searing intensity and rare theatrical excitement to its probing, yet sharply humorous study of love, hate and the dying myths of the Old West.The play was a finalist for the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it also was adapted into a film in 1985 in which Shepard himself played the lead, with Kim Basinger as Mae. The film was directed by Robert Altman. The scene is a stark motel room at the edge of the Mojave Desert. Mae, a disheveled young woman, sits dejectedly on a rumpled bed while Eddie, a rough-spoken rodeo performer, crouches in a corner fiddling with his riding gear. When he attempts to console Mae, who is distressed by Eddie's frequent absences and love affairs, she seems, at first, to softenbut then she suddenly attacks him. As the recriminations pour out, and the action becomes at times physically violent, the desperate nature of their relationship becomes apparentthey cannot get along with, or without, one another, yet neither can subdue their burning passion.

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