OF THE MOON
by Sam Shepard
Directed by Terry Veal
When: 2:00-4:30 p.m. Saturday, October 28, 2017 - Readings from the
script. Plan to arrive no later than 3:30 p.m.; if needed, callbacks will be at
5:30 pm Sunday, October 29.
Where: At Carpenter Square Theatre, located at 800 W. Main. Parking is
free on the street, at Dagwell Dixie next door, and in nearby parking lots.
What: Bring a recent photo and résumé.
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Office Hours: Closed Mondays. Open Tuesdays through Fridays 1-6:00 pm.
Performance dates: January 12-13, 18-21, and 25-27, 2018. (Brush-up
rehearsal on January 17.)
Rehearsals: Read-thru the week of November 20. There will be several days
off for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s worked into the schedule. Most
rehearsals are scheduled Mon-Fri at 7 p.m. with Saturday or Sunday rehearsals
scheduled only if needed to accommodate week-night conflicts. 1st tech is the
afternoon of Sunday, January 7.
CAST: 2 Men both aged mid-60s. Director will read men age 50+ to play
AMES (60s) He’s been kicked out of the house by his wife because he
played around one too many times, and so he’s retreated to an old country house
where he was threatening suicide. He has turned to his long-time buddy Byron for
someone to listen as bemoans his situation. He has recently become interested in
the night sky and phases of the moon. Maybe he has always been miserable. He’s
BYRON (60s) Ames’ friend who has been married to a woman named Lacey for
quite some time, but he’s “not all that handy anymore” in the bedroom. When Ames
called at 3:00 a.m. he dropped everything and hopped a bus to see his old friend
of 50 years. Late in the play we learn he is grieving Lacey’s death.
A gruff, affecting, and funny play. Byron and Ames are old friends, reunited by
mutual desperation. Ames has retreated to an old shack to lick his wounds after
his wife kicked him out of their house for some adulterous indiscretion he can’t
even recall. Over bourbon on ice, they reflect and bicker until fifty years of
love, friendship, and rivalry are put to the test at the barrel of a gun.
"A poignant and honest continuation of themes that have always been present in
the work of one of this country's most important dramatists, here reconsidered
in the light and shadow of time passed." —NY Times.
"Finely wrought…as enjoyable and enlightening as a night spent stargazing." —Talkin'
"...Sam Shepard’s two-hander ‘Ages of the Moon’
presents itself as the dolefully funny but emotionally arid ruminations of two
old coots as they sit on the front porch, getting drunk and watching the sun go
down on their sorry lives." – Variety.
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