Fool for Love by Sam Shepard



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The scene is a stark motel room at the edge of the Mojave Desert. May, a disheveled young woman, sits dejectedly on a rumpled bed while Eddie, a rough-spoken rodeo performer, crouches in a corner fiddling with his riding gear. When he attempts to console May, who is distressed by Eddie’s frequent absences and love affairs, she seems, at first, to soften but then she suddenly attacks him. As the recriminations pour out, and the action becomes at times physically violent, the desperate nature of their relationship becomes apparent they cannot get along with, or without, one another, yet neither can subdue their burning passion. (

Socially Awkward Productions presentation of Fool for Love attempts to convey the rawness and intensity of Sam Shepard’s masterpiece through guttural and emotional explosive performances all contained within the small confines of the Black Box Studios 30 seat theater. Audience members are given a voyeuristic front row seat as Eddie and May wrangle with their passions and reconcile their histories mere feet away.

Critical Praise of Sam Shepard’s writing:

“Sam Shepard’s purest and most beautiful play.” NY Daily News

“FOOL FOR LOVE is certainly one of the best plays of our time. FOOL FOR LOVE may very well be one of the great plays of the late twentieth century.” BackStage

Cast of Characters:

MAY – Ariel Richardson Ariel Richardson, a Maryland native now living in southern California, is thrilled to perform as May in this revival of Sam Shepard’s FOOL FOR LOVE. Ariel has Assistant Stage Manager credits from LATC which include A MEXICAN TRILOGY: AN AMERICAN STORY, PREMEDITATION, WILD IN WICHITA and Stage Manager for ! SER ! She was also the Stage Manager for WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE at The Lounge Theatre in Hollywood. Ariel’s Stage Manager debut was in the 2013 production of HAIR at CSULA, her alma mater from where she received her BA degree in Theatre Arts and Dance. Ariel also performed on stage at the LA Opera, in PAGLIACCI, honored to have had Placido Domingo as conductor.

EDDIE – Dustan Costine Dustan Costine is a film and stage actor originally from Central Texas. His stage credits include playing Barabbas in Fox’s live broadcast production of THE PASSION LIVE, as well as D-Dash in the world premier of Mari Kornhauser’s RENOVATION at Happyland Theater in New Orleans. Other stage credits include; Yvan in Playhouse NOLA’s production of ART by Yazmina Reza and MacDuff in The Vortex’s MACBETH which was also directed by Philip Kreyche. Feature Film credits include Warner Bros.’ GET HARD & THE CAMPAIGN, Spike Lee’s OLDBOY, and Paramount’s G.I. JOE: RETALIATION among others. He also appeared in co-starring roles on episodes of CBS’s NCIS: NEW ORLEANS and HBO’s THE LEFTOVERS. He can be seen in the upcoming feature film THROUGH THE GLASS DARKLY directed by Lauren Fash to be released in 2019. He has studied acting at Playhouse West in Los Angeles and has extensive improv training and experience from The New Movement Theater in New Orleans. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Socially Awkward Production’s FOOL FOR LOVE is Dustan’s Los Angeles Stage debut.

OLD MAN – Joseph Meissner Originally from Houston, TX, Joseph Meissner studied theater at Brown University and was a founding company member of Salvage Vanguard Theater in Austin. In his life as a theater actor he worked with many groundbreaking directors such as Andre Gregory, Lee Breuer and Jerzy Grotowski. Co-creator of the webseries LEAST FAVORITE LOVE SONGS, a 2014 Webby Honoree, Joseph has appeared in over 20 films and TV shows and shared the screen with many of his heroes such as William Hurt, Mark Wahlberg, Chazz Palminteri, Andie MacDowell, Jeffrey Wright, and Harry Shearer. He directed the 2011 dramatic comedy feature FLOOD STREETS which garnered awards at festivals around the world. Joseph is a seasoned improviser, having performed on the Harold team THE JET BLACKS and improvised silent movie QUIET ON SET. He trained at The New Movement Theater in New Orleans and taught level 4 improv there from 2015-2017. He’s also taken classes at UCB, the Pack, and in private classes with masters of the craft. Joseph has been practicing Shaolin-Do kung fu since 1996 and owns a martial arts gym in New Orleans where he taught for sixteen years.

MARTIN – Azzizi Gray

Director – Philip Kreyche Philip Kreyche graduated with a degree in History from the University of Texas, Austin. Since then, he’s worked in both Austin and Los Angeles, directing and writing for both stage and screen.

Stage Manager – Clara Grusq Clara Grusq is a French native from Paris, who moved to Los Angeles in 2015, where she developed a passion for the theater. A student at Beverly Hills High School, she joined the theater company and quickly became assistant director and student director on several plays. In 2017 she was selected by the Holocaust Museum to take part in the Witness Theater program, where she co-wrote and co-directed short plays that incorporated and reenacted stories of survivors. She also worked at the Los Angeles Fringe Festival of 2018, further expanding her skills set in stage management, theater production and promotion.

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