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Manhattan Theatre Club, 261 West 47th St, New York, NY 10036

Fool for Love

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Closed December 13, 2015

Love as a battlefield on which nobody wins has seldom been mapped as thrillingly as it is in Daniel Aukin's definitive revival...This beautiful, taut production never once slackens its hold.

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Why See Fool for Love?

Sam Rockwell returns to Broadway

Sam Shepard's 1983 play receives its Broadway debut in 2015, with Sam Rockwell and Tony Award winner Nina Arianda playing Eddie and May, two former lovers confronting their personal demons in a seedy motel room. This production transfers to New York courtesy of The Manhattan Theatre Club, after a highly acclaimed run at 2014's Williamstown Theatre Festival. In his glowing review, Ben Brantley of The New York Times called it a "knockout production" and noted that Rockwell and Arianda had forged an "instant, unfathomable intimacy". Daniel Aukin (Bad Jews) returns as director.

The Players

Known as one of Hollywood's most versatile and sorely underrated leading men, Sam Rockwell is equally adept at playing quirky comic relief in Galaxy Quest and Iron Man 2, to intense, soul searching roles in the likes of 2009's Moon. He was last seen on Broadway in 2010, acting alongside Christopher Walken in Martin McDonagh's The Behanding in Spokane. Rockwell's co-star, Nina Arianda, is a Manhattan Theatre Club regular, having appeared in their 2014 staging of Tales From Red Vienna. She won her Tony two years previously for Venus in Fur.

What is Fool For Love About?

Former lovers Eddie and May reunite in a run-down motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert. An undeniable sexual attraction still pulses between them, but there's also a turbulent history of alleged affairs and breakups, and May also has a new man in her life. As they alternate between bitter recriminations and tearing each other's clothes off, a third character enters the fray. Known only as The Old Man, he holds a secret which will transform Eddie and May's relationship forever.

Did You Know?

Sam Rockwell is a regular performer in the 24 Hour Plays. These annual fundraising shows gather together an assortment of actors and creatives and task them with creating a brand new play from scratch in a mere two days, before performing it in front of a live audience.

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Additional Information


Previews from: 15 September 2015

Opening night: 8 October 2015

Run time

75 minutes with no intermission

And before you stop reading

Images are from the Williamstown Theatre Festival production

Cast and Creative


Sam Rockwell as Eddie
Nina Arianda as May
Tom Pelphrey as Martin
Gordon Joseph Weiss as The Old Man


Directed by Daniel Aukin
Written by Sam Shepard
Scenic Design by Dane Laffrey
Costume Design by Anita Yavich
Lighting Design by Justin Townsend
Sound Design by Ryan Rumery
Movement and Fights by David S. Leong

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