Friday, January 7, 2011

nexStage to feature new Sam Shepard play

‘Ages of the Moon’ is a free play reading

Express Staff Writer

Sam Shepard, actor and playwright, has more than 45 plays to his credit of which several have received awards. His most recent work, "Ages of the Moon," has been selected for a reading at nexStage Theatre Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m.

Shepard is one of America's pre-eminent playwrights as well as an accomplished actor. In 1979, his play "Buried Child" received a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In 1994, he was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.

"We have done many of Shepard's plays for the play-reading series," said director Jon Kane. "He is one of my favorite playwrights."

"Ages of the Moon" is the story about two friends who reunite in Montana after 40 years for a night of drinking and reminiscing, while watching a lunar eclipse. The play reading includes Scott Creighton and Jon Kane.


The reading is free and offers complimentary wine for attendees. The reading is less than an hour.

"It is his newest play, which premiered in the Abbey Theatre," Kane said. "It's a good thing to do. It's Shepard, so it's really funny."

Kane said he recently had a reunion with friends he had not seen in 25 years, and Creighton and he are very good friends, which has all been a part of putting the reading together.

"The play is about the way old friends are," he said. "The rhythms of a relationship are about how people love and hate each other."

The play reading series is devoted to writers and allows attendees to hear good plays at a low cost. The series features "Reckless" by Craig Lucas Tuesday, Feb. 22. Lucas is the author of "Prelude to a Kiss."

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