Ed Harris Set to Direct Sam Shepard's Fool for Love on Broadway in 2005

News   Ed Harris Set to Direct Sam Shepard's Fool for Love on Broadway in 2005
Actor Ed Harris will make his Broadway directorial debut with the Roundabout Theatre Company's forthcoming revival of Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love.
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Fool for Love will begin its limited run at the American Airlines Theatre Jan. 14, 2005. The first staging of the work on Broadway will officially open Feb. 10 for a run currently slated through April 3, 2005. Harris earned an Obie Award for originating the role of Eddie in the Shepard work during its Off-Broadway debut at the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre in 1983. Kathy Baker starred opposite Harris under the direction of the playwright. Ellen Barkin and Bruce Willis were among the replacement players in that production which lasted 1,000 performances before closing in 1985.

Fool for Love focuses on a chance meeting between two former lovers at a seedy motel near the Mojave Desert. As the story unravels, we learn that it may be more than just a chance encounter, and they may be more than just lovers.

Harris made his Broadway debut and earned a Tony Award nomination for his turn in Precious Sons. Other stage credits include Simpatico, Taking Sides, Prairie Avenue, Scar, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Grapes of Wrath, Sweet Bird of Youth and Trumbo.

As an actor, the Englewood, New Jersey, native has appeared in the films "A Beautiful Mind," "Stepmom," "The Truman Show," "Apollo 13," "The Right Stuff," "The Firm" and "Glengarry Glen Ross." Harris' feature film directorial debut, "Pollock," earned two Academy Award nominations.

Playwright-actor Shepard is set to make his return to the stage in the upcoming New York Theatre Workshop Off-Broadway staging of Caryl Churchill's A Number.

The cast and designers of Fool for Love will be announced shortly.

Tickets to Fool for Love will be available in early 2005 by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300. For more information, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org.

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