Funded! This project was successfully funded on May 12, 2012.

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This production of "Fool for Love" will premiere at the 2012 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Hello! And thank you for stopping by! Below we have a bunch of information regarding our project, but we highly suggest starting with the video above!

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About the Show

Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love is arguably one of Shepard’s most famous plays, joining such classics as True West, Curse of the Starving Class and his Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece, Buried Child. The play highlights and examines two main themes: the intricacies of the human subconscious, as it relates to one’s reality and the impact of various points of view on a single memory from a family’s past. This production will strive to highlight both of these main ideas through the vehicles of theatre and through concentrated and in depth character analysis.

The “fools” in the play are our two lovers, Eddie and May. As the lights come up, we find them in a run down Mojave Desert motel, where May is hiding out. Eddie, a childhood friend and former flame, barges in and is trying to convince May to come back to him so that they may start the life they had always dreamed about. May refuses because she has started a new life and knows that if she goes back to Eddie their relationship will repeat the same destructive cycle it has before. Throughout the play the character of the Old Man — the father of both lovers — is present and talks to each of the other two characters. It is revealed that the Old Man had led a double life, abandoning each family for different parts of each child's life. The two became lovers in their high school years and when their parents finally figured out what had occurred, Eddie's mother shot herself. May is afraid that Eddie has begun to emulate his father; taking to drinking and secretly seeing a woman May refers to as, “The Countess.” The play centers on the drama of the action rather than a plot with a rising and falling action. In the end, the two lovers have not reconciled, the Old Man begins to lose himself to his own delusions, and a stranger is left on stage to observe it all.

About Us

Vespertine Productions began in 2008 as a pipe dream of a group of friends & artists from multiple disciplines. Among the founding team are Matthew Hill, Landon Johnson, and Melody Rahbari. This marks this fourth major production and follow-up to last year's Fringe production of Harold Pinter's "The Dumb Waiter".

For more information regarding the artists involved in this project, please visit our Fringe website here.

How You Can Help

Spread the word about us and/or donate! Your generous pledges will go towards securing The Actor's Company Theatre as our performance space, publicity, set & costumes, and other miscellaneous costs. Please donate now to receive regular updates about the production and some exclusive donor content/offers. We recommend the $25 deal as it just like buying a pre-sale ticket (and ticket's will be more at the door!). Anyway, we thank you in advance for your generous contributions.

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