CLINTON — In a stark motel on the edge of the Mojave desert, two troubled lovers are caught in a vicious cycle of yearning and abandonment in Sam Shepard’s "Fool for Love," to be performed in the Kirkland Art Center, 91/2 E. Park Row.
"Fool for Love" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, through Saturday, Feb. 23, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24. Tickets are $15 or $12 for students (with ID) and available at the Kirkland Art Center or online at www.outcasttheater.com.
Arguably Pulitzer and Oscar Award-winning writer-actor Shepard’s best-known play, "Fool for Love" is a glimpse of the dark side of life in the West and an alternately tender and violent portrait of two lovers haunted by the sins of their past.
As Frank Rich wrote in the New York Times, "‘Fool for Love’ is a western for our time. We watch a pair of figurative gunslingers fight to the finish — not with bullets, but with piercing words that give ballast to the weight of a nation’s buried dreams."
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. The lovers long to be together but find no solace in each other’s arms.
The play is directed by Thom Capozzella and performed by James Davall as Eddie, Eileen Tiller-Clanton as May, Chris Bord as May’s date, Martin, hopelessly caught in the middle of the two jealous lovers, and Larry Beasley as the Old Man, a haunting presence that forces May and Eddie into a final reckoning.
Outcast Theater was founded in Munich, Germany in 1996 and, after presenting over a dozen shows in venues around Europe, made its home base in Central New York. "Fool for Love" is Outcast’s seventh U.S. production.