JACKSON, WY — There are Greek tragedies, there are Western romances, and then there is “Fool for Love.” The award-winning play by American playwright Sam Shepard opens February 21st and features Obie-Award winning performer Bob Berky, NYC actors Brian Britt and Erin Roy, and local actor Frankie McCarthy. “Fool for Love” marks the first production at “Tickling the Beast,” the new project and concept space of Dancers’ Workshop, located in a carefully-curated warehouse just south of Jackson.
The play explores the web of relationships in a family riddled by emotional contradictions and karmic denial. Set in a desolate roadside motel deep in the Mojave Desert, “It’s a dark play with many comic possibilities that only leaves one to feel the weight of the tragic nature of its being,” said Berky.
Erin Roy, former teacher and dancer at Dancers’ Workshop, has returned to play the role of a deeply loving and spirited May. “I’ve always been attracted to characters who wear their heart on their sleeve. I’m filled with gratitude for the opportunity to work with such a creative team in service of bringing Shepard’s poetic words to life.”
Brian Britt, last seen in Jackson performing in “The Normal Heart”, returns to play his dream role of the self-deluded and quite complicated cowboy Eddie. “From the moment I first read from the play several years ago, I hoped to one day have the opportunity to perform the role on-stage. With the support and love from this community, Dancers’ Workshop, Babs, Bob, Erin and Frankie, I could not ask for anything more to enhance this experience.”
Local actor Frankie McCarthy is back to reprise his role of Martin, the unsuspecting gentleman who finds himself in a quite a precarious situation. McCarthy mentioned how pleased he was to once again work alongside Berky.
On “The Beast” itself, Babs Case, artistic director of Dancers’ Workshop, states “I want it to be a space that really supports the creation of new work.” The expansion represents DW’s commitment to supporting creativity on a multi-disciplinary level while maintaining its roots in dance.
The performers will hold an open rehearsal of scenes from the play in DW’s Studio 1 (located on the 2nd floor of The Center) on Friday, February 15th from 5:30pm – 6:30pm. Attendees will see inside the rehearsal process and have the opportunity to watch Shepard’s words come to life.
The DW production of “Fool for Love” will run from February 21 – March 2nd at The Beast. Show times and complimentary shuttle details at dwjh.org. A short 10-minute shuttle is required to get to The Beast.
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