For Immediate Release Sept. 12, 2008

David Irwin
Media Relations Manager
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Powerful Shepard Drama “Fool for Love” Opens Theater Season at SUNY Geneseo

GENESEO, N.Y. – The State University of New York at Geneseo’s School of the Arts opens its fall theater season with Sam Shepard’s critically acclaimed “Fool for Love” Sept. 23-28 in the college’s Robert Sinclair Theatre.  The Tuesday through Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m.  A Sunday matinee is scheduled at 2 o’clock. 

“I saw the original production of this play at Circle Rep in New York City, starring a young Kathy Baker and Ed Harris from the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago,” said David Munnell, a theater faculty member at Geneseo and director of the play.  “They were both magnificent, and I found the script both compelling and unsettling.  I’ve wanted to direct a production of the play ever since. With the opportunity here at Geneseo and the availability of such a talented cast and design faculty, I knew the time was right to take on such a challenging work.”

Set in a stark motel room on the edge of California’s Mojave Desert, the play explores the intense relationship between Eddie and May, a has-been rodeo rider and a roadside waitress.  At times tender, and at times violent, the hopeless poignancy of their situation is revealed through stories of a mysterious pact forged and distorted by myth, memory and blood.  Bound together by a passion they can neither accept nor deny, Eddie and May struggle in vain to navigate an emotional landscape where only fools dare to tread.

The cast features Geneseo students Jonathan Frederick, Gavin Price, Jake Roa, and Kate Tubbs.  Set design is by Steven Stubblefield, costumes are by Crystal Ferrell, lighting is  by Jake Fine, and sound is by Elizabeth Robson.  Johnnie Ferrell serves as the technical director.

Tickets for the production are $7 and are available at the Brodie Hall Fine Arts Box office, 585-245-5833, or online at