The production of Sam Shepard's Fool for Love that was scheduled to begin performances today at 29th Street Repertory has been postponed until September. A member of the cast has fallen ill to cancer, according to artistic director Tim Corcoran who was to direct the show.
"We as a group wanted to wait," stated Corcoran about the choice to postpone, "rather than recast." The chemistry and "energy" between the cast was the main reason for the decision and also, as he added, the "hope to help his recovery, that he would have something to look forward to."
Patrons who have already purchased tickets to the production that was to run through March 10, will be offered a full refund or credit towards the production, slated to begin Sept. 10, later this year. For further information, call the 29th St. Rep box office at (212) 465-1714.
The play focuses on a chance meeting between two former lovers at a seedy motel near the Mojave Desert. But as the story unravels, we learn that it may be more than just a chance and they may be more than just lovers. Originally produced OB in 1983 by the Circle Repertory Company, the production garnered 5 Obies for the Best New American Play, for stars Ed Harris, Kathy Baker and Will Patton, as well as Shepard's direction. Fool for Love was subsequently turned into the 1985 Robert Altman with the same title starring the playwright.
Artistic director Tim Corcoran was to direct this production. The design team included CJ Howard with sets, Doug Cox on lights and Tim Cramer with sound.
— by Ernio Hernandez