October 14, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Department of Theatre and Dance will host "Shepardfest" — short plays, monologues and short stories by noted playwright and actor Sam Shepard — the last two weekends in October.

"'Shepardfest' focuses on the transformation of Shepard's writing style from absurdist abstraction to rock 'n' roll and country and western plays," said director Gary Grant, professor of theater at Bucknell.

"These works will take us on a unique inner journey through the profound changes that have occurred in Mr. Shepard's artistic life over his prolific 45-year career as the most important American playwright of his generation."

Drawing upon Shepard's 50-plus plays as well as well as screenplays, short stories and music compositions, "Shepardfest" will offer two completely different programs. Each performance begins at 8 p.m. in Tustin Studio Theatre.

·      Oct. 22, 23, 24, 25: "Killer's Head," a rambling monologue blending horror and banality in a murderer's last thoughts before electrocution; "The Sad Lament of Pecos Bill on the Eve of Killing his Wife," an operetta exploring the demise of the Old West; and "Chicago," where Stu sits in a bathtub while his girlfriend packs to leave for a new job in the city; "Motel Chronicles," monologues taken from one of Shepard's earliest short story collections; and two stories from his latest publication, Day Out of Days.

·      Oct. 29, 30, 31 and Nov. 1: "Cowboy Mouth," an autobiographical play co-written with rock 'n' roll poet, Patti Smith; "Red Cross," about the timely topic of bedbugs, and "Tongues," a play about voices; and "Cruising Paradise," a story drawn from Shepard's short story collection.

Tickets are $8, $6 for students and senior citizens, and available in advance through the Bucknell box office or by phone at 570-577-1000. Tickets also are available in person an hour before each performance.

Contact: Division of Communications


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