Sam Shepard

Fool for Love & the Sad Lament of Pecos Bill

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In Fool For Love, situated at a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, transient lovers May and Eddie spin around in a room in a relentless struggle for power and truth. Through recollections and dreams, multiple versions of a fierce and fatal love story are told.
The Sad Lament of Pecos Bill on the Eve of Killing His Wife, another kind of love story in the form of a comic operetta, takes a distaff view of the Southwest's legendary cowpuncher and his mate Slue-foot Sue, with irreverent commentary on American heroes and heroics.
“No one knows better than Sam Shepard that the true American West is gone forever, but there may be no writer alive more gifted at reinventing it out of pure literary air.” -Frank Rich, The New York Times
“Mr. Shepard is the most deeply serious humorist of the American theater, and a poet with no use whatever for the 'poetic.' He brings fresh news of love, here and now, in all its potency and deviousness and foolishness, and of many other matters as well.” -Edith Oliver, The New Yorker
Sam Shepard (1943) is a playwright, actor, author, screen writer, and director whose work is performed on and off Broadway and in other theaters across the country. In 1979, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Buried Child. In 1983, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Right Stuff. His other famous works include True West, A Lie of the Mind, and Curse of the Starving Class.

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    Eleonora Figueroahas quoted9 months ago
    MAY: He’s gone.

    MARTIN: He said he’d be back in a second.
    Eleonora Figueroahas quoted9 months ago
    MARTIN: All the horses are loose.
    Eleonora Figueroahas quoted9 months ago
    THE OLD MAN: (to MAY) She drew me to her. She went out of her way to draw me in. She was a force. I told her I’d never come across for her. I told her that right from the very start. But she opened up to me. She wouldn’t listen. She kept opening up her heart to me. How could I turn her down when she loved me like that? How could I turn away from her? We were completely whole.
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