Shepard directs his own work presented in its American debut by The Public Theatre and Ireland's Abbey Theatre. Rea stars as Hobart in the new play "about the West, a Manhattan art dealer and a dead horse," according to show notes. Elissa Piszel is also featured in the non-speaking role of Young Woman.
Actor Rea has been seen on film in "The Crying Game," "V for Vendetta" and "Breakfast on Pluto." The actor also earned a Tony Award nomination for Someone Who'll Watch Over Me.
Here is a look at photos from the opening-night celebration.
All photos by Aubrey Reuben.