By Sam Shepard

Jam-packed with wry, darkish humor, unprecedented mind's eye, unforgettable characters, and exquisitely crafted storytelling, Sam Shepard’s performs have earned him huge, immense acclaim during the last 5 many years. In those fifteen one-acts, we see him at his top, exhibiting his trademark skill to painting human relationships, love, and lust with infrequent authenticity. those fifteen furiously vigorous performs be certain Shepard's prestige as our such a lot audacious residing playwright, unafraid to set genres and archetypes spinning with effects which are completely enthralling. integrated during this volume:
Ages of the Moon
Evanescence; Shakespeare within the Alley
Short lifetime of Trouble
The Unseen Hand
The Rock Garden
Icarus’s Mother
4H Club
Fourteen Hundred Thousand
Red Cross
Cowboys #2
Forensic & The Navigators
The Holy Ghostly
Back lavatory Beast Bait
Killer’s Head

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Long ago. BOB’S VOICE: (Off) First tune. First tune? SAM: Yeah. BOB’S VOICE: (Off) dwell, ya suggest? reside? SAM: Yeah. dwell. BOB’S VOICE: (Off) First song ever? SAM: Yeah. (Pause. ) BOB’S VOICE: (Off) Polka track. SAM: particularly? (BOB enters from correct donning a sleeveless T-shirt, black denims, and motorbike boots with brass buckles. He contains a beat-up outdated acoustic guitar strung round his neck with an outdated piece of rope. He constantly palms the neck of the guitar and retains picking little repetitive melody traces, brief blues progressions, gospel chords—whatever comes into his brain. He retains this up via all of the discussion, even if he’s speaking, hardly resting into entire silence. ) BOB: (Onstage now) Yeah, polka. SAM: (Drinking beer) the place? Up in Hibbing? BOB: Yeah, Hibbing. SAM: Hibbing’s close to Duluth, correct? BOB: correct. SAM: i admire Duluth. BOB: nice city. SAM: That lake. BOB: better? SAM: Yeah. tricky city, too. BOB: (Always relocating, identifying guitar) in particular whilst it freezes over. Indians pop out. Fur trappers. SAM: Beaver. BOB: Yeah, beaver, too. Loons. SAM: so that you heard this polka track in what—dance halls or anything? BOB: Yeah—no—taverns. Beer joints. They performed it in all of the taverns. you simply stroll down the road and listen to that every one the time. People’d come flyin’ out into the road doin’ the polka. Accordions may come flyin’ out. SAM: have been they combating or dancing? BOB: either, i suppose. commonly simply having a great time. humans from the outdated kingdom. SAM: Polish? BOB: a few. i suppose. SAM: have been they making a song in Polish? BOB: They have been singin’ in somethin’. Swedish, perhaps. a few language. yet you understand how you don’t want to know the language while it’s track. the tune it doesn't matter what language it’s in. Like whilst I went down and heard that Tex-Mex border music—that seemed like a similar song to me although the language was once various. all of it sounds a similar to me. SAM: Three-quarter time. BOB: Yeah—waltz. i admire to waltz. SAM: How previous have been then you definitely? BOB: Aw, I dunno. 9, ten. SAM: Did you're feeling such as you have been bring to a halt again then? BOB: How d’ya suggest? SAM: I suggest being up within the a long way North like that. within the boondocks. BOB: Nah, ’cause I didn’t comprehend anything used to be goin’ on. Why, did you? SAM: Yeah. I nonetheless do. (Laughs) BOB: (Sings a grab and performs) “Down within the boondocks / Down within the boondocks / Lord have mercy on a boy from down within the boondocks. ” SAM: so that you didn’t have any gigantic burning wish to get to long island or whatever? BOB: Naw. the one cause i needed to visit long island is ’cause James Dean were there. SAM: so that you quite beloved James Dean? BOB: Oh, yeah. consistently did. SAM: How come? BOB: related cause you're keen on anyone, i assume. you spot somethin’ of your self in them. SAM: Did you dream approximately tune again then? BOB: I had lotsa desires. Used to dream approximately such things as Ava Gardner and Wild invoice Hickok. They have been playin’ playing cards, chasin’ one another, and gettin’ round. occasionally I’d also be there within the goals myself. Radio station desires. you know the way, whilst you’re a child, you not sleep overdue in mattress, hearing the radio, and also you kind of dream off the radio into sleep.

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