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Action Drama 4 (2m, 2f) View Details Compare
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Two men and two women drink coffee and wait for a turkey to finish roasting in the oven. While the women go about ordinary household tasks, the men behave in an increasingly erratic manner and the world of the play is shown to be both familiar and strangely frightening. Eventually the turkey is carved and the true nature of the landscape outside the house is revealed as a post-apocalyptic nightmare.

Ages Of The Moon Comedy/Satire 2 (2m, 0f) View Details Compare
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 A gruffly poignant and darkly funny play, Ages of the Moon finds old friends Byron and Ames re-united by mutual desperation. Ames' marriage has broken down and he rings Byron in desperation. Byron travels for three days to see Ames, and over bourbon on ice, they sit, reflect and bicker until fifty years of love, friendship and rivalry are put to the test at the barrel of a gun.  "A shotgun blast of brilliance" --Irish Mail on Sunday.  "An understated triumph of a play, funny and moving" --The Sunday Times.   

Angel City Drama 6 (4m, 2f) View Details Compare
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An exploration of the destructive nature of the Hollywood entertainment industry. A trio of unknown screenwriters has been brought together by a pair of hungry producers who are anxious to make the ultimate cinematic apocalypse. The three are a cowboy-shaman, a jazzman who talks with his tympani drums and a lady who can sound like a cross between Marilyn Monroe and a Barbara Cartland novel. Off they spin on a seismic wave of images leading to Hollywood's self- destruction.     

Buried Child Drama 7 (5m, 2f) View Details Compare
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Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize winning play is set in a farmhouse somewhere in the American West, inhabited by a raving, alcoholic grandfather, a sanctimonious grandmother who goes on drinking bouts with the local minister; and their sons Tilden once an American footballer, now a hulking semi-idiot; and Bradley, who has lost one of his legs to a chain saw. Into their midst comes Vince, Tilden’s son none of them recognises or remembers, and his girlfriend Shelly, who cannot comprehend the madness to which she is suddenly introduced. The family harbours a dark secret: years earlier the grandfather, Dodge, had buried an unwanted newborn baby in an undisclosed spot, creating a cloud of guilt which is dispelled only when Tilden unearths the child’s mummified remains and carries it upstairs to his mother. His act purges the family, at last, of its infamy, and suggests the possibility of a new beginning under Vince, whose estrangement from the others has spared him the taint of their sin.

Chicago Drama 7 (4m, 3f) View Details Compare
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An Obie Award wining play by Sam Shepard, where a man contemplates the end of civilisation from his bathtub.

Cowboy Mouth Drama 3 (2m, 1f) View Details Compare
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The play is about Cavale and Slim, two absolute messes living in sin together. Unable to move, yet at complete unrest, Slim swings from blaming Cavale for the disaster that is his life to begging her to tell him stories about French poets. Cavale is a former mental patient of some kind. She remembers electric shocks and having to wear metal plates around her club foot when she was younger. She also muses about playing the ugly duckling as a child, being forced into the role without even the satisfaction of emerging as a beautiful swan at the end. The two call on the Lobster Man for sustenance and entertainment.

Curse of the Starving Class, The Drama 9 (7m, 2f) View Details Compare
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A farmhouse somewhere in the American West is the setting for Shepard's exploration of a family trying to survive on the raw edge of society. Weston the father is a drunk, the mother Ella slovenly, the daughter Emma precocious beyond her years, and the son Wesley is a deranged idealist who wants something better but has no idea how to attain it. The action is filled with changes and counter-changes as the family decides to sell the house to raise money; Ella talks of running off to Europe or Mexico but ends up asleep on the kitchen table; Weston sobers up and tries to take control; Emma is blown up in the family car; and Wesley is brutalised and bloodied by the evil forces tormenting them. In the end, the play and its characters become a metaphor for the underside of American life - the benighted innocents forever pursuing a diminished dream, and the illusion of fulfilment which remains ever beyond their reach.     

Eyes for Consuela Drama 4 (3m, 1f) View Details Compare
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A disheveled man wakes from a sweat-drenching nightmare, furiously shaking his shirt and pants free of possible small jungle creatures, and hastily dresses to face the utterly dreamlike reality of remote Mexico, a torpid limbo. Henry is a lost soul from the American middle-class, middle aged and unmoored, a superfluous stranger to a wife he left hundreds of scattered miles away in snowbound Michigan, and now alone in a squalid, vine-shrouded "hotel" amid snakes, lizards and ghosts. The owner of the makeshift inn, one-eyed Viejo, warns him to stay put for his own safety, but on a brief, circular walk through the underbrush he is set upon by a peasant named Amado. The predatory figure bears a machete and a slender knife which he will use to cut the eyes from Henry's head, he tells the incredulous American, in order to present this penitent, macabre offering of "a bouquet of blue eyes" to the bewitching Consuela. The fervor of Amado's obsessed mission, his dizzying persuasiveness, and his menacing wit and insight, push Henry's sanity to its limits. In a duel of ironic pathos, humor, cruelty and metaphor, each man examines what has taken him from the woman he loves and what desperate sacrificial price might reunite him with her. At the point when the gracefully haunting Consuela appears before Henry only to dismiss his brown eyes, the sole road out of the tangled tropical forest seems indistinct but at last possible.

"One leaves EYES thinking, more than anything else, that [Sam Shepard's] plays are most beautiful when they are angry." —NY Times. "The writing has the kind of apparently effortless boldness that reminds you that you are in the presence of one of the greatest living playwrights." —NY Daily News "…it is all about seeing and not seeing, about various forms of blindness, physical, emotional, existential. And about the sacrifices love entails. It is quirkily unpredictable and laughingly unsettling." —NY Magazine. "Shepard's writing is back at its taut best, with the play's mystery unfolding a frisson of theatrical immediacy…" —NY Post.

Fool For Love Drama 4 (3m, 1f) View Details Compare
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In a stark motel room on the edge of the Mojave Desert, May, a dishevelled 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 May, who is distressed by Eddie’s frequent absences and affairs, she seems at first to soften but then suddenly attacks him. As the recriminations pour out, the desperate nature of their relationship becomes apparent - they cannot get along with or without one another, yet neither can subdue their burning passion. The poignancy of their situation (they are half-brother and half-sister as well as lovers) is pointed up by the play’s two other characters: a hapless young man who stops by to take May to the movies and becomes the butt of Eddie’s funniest yet most humiliating jokes; and a ghostly old man (perhaps their father) who sits in a rocking chair at the side of the stage, sipping whisky and commenting wryly on what he observes. Eventually May and Eddie tire of their struggle and embrace, but it is apparent that the respite is temporary and that their love, the curse of the past which haunts them, will remain forever damned and hopeless.

God Of Hell, The Comedy/Satire 4 (3m, 1f) View Details Compare
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An uproarious, brilliantly provocative farce that brings the gifts of the quintessentially American playwright to bear on the current American political situation.

Frank and Emma are a quiet, respectable couple who raise cows on their Wisconsin farm. They are visited by Frank’s old friend Haynes, who is on the run from a secret government project involving plutonium, and they agree to shelter him for a short while. Soon they’re visited by Welsh, an unctuous government bureaucrat from hell. His aggressive patriotism puts Frank, Emma and Haynes on the defensive, transforming a heartland American household into a scene of torture and promoting a radioactive brand of conformity with a dangerously low half-life.

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