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Carpenter Square Theatre
Venue: 800 W Main (Mailing: 806 W Main), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106
Shepard Comedy-Drama Opens the New Year at Carpenter Square
Carpenter Square Theatre opens the New Year with “Ages of the Moon,” one of the last plays penned by Sam Shepard before his death in 2017. The comedy-drama about two old friends plays January 12-27, 2018. The title comes from the setting: The night of a lunar eclipse. All performances are at the theater, located at 800 W. Main in downtown Oklahoma City.
“Ages of the Moon” is a gruff, affecting, and funny play in which Byron and Ames are old friends reunited by mutual desperation. Ames has retreated to an old shack to lick his wounds after his wife kicked him out of their house for some adulterous indiscretion he can’t even recall. Over bourbon on ice, they reflect and bicker until fifty years of love, friendship, and rivalry are put to the test at the barrel of a gun.
Playwright Sam Shepard ranks as one of America's most celebrated dramatists. While he is probably best known to the general public as a film actor, he has written nearly 50 plays, and has also written for film and directed for the stage. Before he was thirty years old, he had over thirty plays produced in New York. His plays are regularly anthologized, and theatre professors teach Sam Shepard as a canonical American author. With a career that spans nearly 40 years, Sam Shepard gained the critical regard, media attention, and iconic status enjoyed by only a rare few in American theatre. Throughout his career Shepard amassed numerous grants, prizes, fellowships, and awards, including eleven OBIE awards, the Cannes Palme d'Or and the Pulitzer Prize. Some of his most recent film appearances include «Mud» with Matthew McConaughey, the gritty Jeff Nichols' thriller, «Out of the Furnace,» and the Tracy Letts dysfunctional stage-to- screen drama, «August: Osage County.» Other memorable films include “The Right Stuff,” “Fool for Love,” and «The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.» On July 27, 2017 Sam Shepard passed away at age 73 on his farm in Midway, Kentucky. He died of complications of ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
In “Ages of the Moon,” Shepard continues some of the themes that have been ever present in his work, such as the troubled and comical sides of family life, friendships, and experiences of love.
Terry Veal directs “Ages of the Moon” with assistance from Michael Greene as stage manager. Rob May and Michael Kramer co-star as Ames and Byron, the two old friends. Ben Hall is in charge of the set, Jay C. Schardt is lighting designer, and Rhonda Clark serves as the costume designer.
Specific performance dates and times over three weeks are: 8 p.m. January 12-13; 7:30 p.m. January 18, 8 p.m. January 19-20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, January 21; 7:30 p.m. January 25 and 8 p.m. January 26-27. The play is rated R for strong language.
“Ages of the Moon” is supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Allied Arts, and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund. Season Sponsors include Ed and Janet Bucknell and Mel and Cindy Ables. The Opening Night Party Sponsors are Ed and Vivian Hasbrook, and Ticket Sponsors are James Bussell and Ralph and Susan.
In conjunction with the play, the exhibit in the theater’s lobby gallery features works by Oklahoma City artist Laura Sullivan. Much of her colorful work is acrylic on canvas.
For the play, regular adult tickets are $25 with $20 tickets available for seniors aged 62 or more, military, and groups of ten or more. Educator tickets are $10 and students are only $5. Two-for-one tickets may be purchased when presenting the Allied Arts City Card. Reservations are highly recommended for the intimate 90-seat theater. For tickets, call 405-232-6500 or email [email protected]
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