"A high school drop-out at 15, only [Rockwell's] art instructors nurtured him. His dismissive mother insisted he would end up penniless and alone," press notes state. "To prove her wrong, at 22, he married a girl who didn't love him — or his art. All his success and money couldn't prevent Irene from running away with another man. His second marriage was even more heartbreaking. Mary Barstow, his greatest champion, adored him, but Norman began to suffer from bouts of depression. As he became anxious and unsure about his art, he withdrew from Mary and only when she turned to alcohol for comfort and he seemed to be losing her, did Norman realize what makes a family picture perfect. Indeed, the artist was down for the count, but as he proved over and over again in his lifetime, no one should ever count him out."
Following the performance, audience members will have the opportunity to have their CDs autographed by the cast.
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Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.