Fool for Love


Pulitzer Prize Finalist



We honor an American Theatre icon who shaped the very core of our organization with this presentation of Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love. In this cowboy romance memories parallel dreams; carving at the surreal nature of relationships exploring what was truth & what was illusion.

This quintessential Shepard work examines, with searing truth and dark humor, the impactful causes and effects of love lost through the retrospective eyes of two past lovers & their family.  Eddie finds May holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert and threatens to drag her back into the life from which she had fled.  Forced to unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Reality and dream; truth and lies; past and present mingle in an explosive love story.

Sam Shepard transformed the landscape of American Theatre, his passing in July of this year left a hole in the theatre community yet his words and impact live on through his masterful works. As Clinton Stark wrote of San Jose Stage Artistic Director Randall King: “You get the feeling there’s kinship here between Shepard and King.”  The Stage is pleased to add Fool for Love to their lexicon of produced Shepard works, including; Geography of a Horse Dreamer (1987), True West (1988 & 2006), Curse of the Starving Class (1993), & Buried Child (2012).