photo of Thomas Keegan and Katie DeBuys in dress rehearsal for Round House Theatre's Fool for Love

Fool for Love at Round House Theatre (Video)

Round House Theatre presents Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love directed by Ryan Rilette now through September 27. Set in a desolate motel room on the edge of the Mojave Desert, Fool for Love displays an alternately tender and violent love-hate relationship. The conflict in Fool for Love is between a woman and a man. After a long absence, Eddie has traveled 2,480 miles to reclaim May, his lover since high school. At different times during their abrupt reunion she alternately orders him to leave and begs him to stay.

Eddie boasts spurs, bucking strap, and all the other trappings of a rodeo cowboy, but his quest for glory in that arena has left him broken down and prematurely old. As if trying to hold on to his heroic Western identity, he practices roping the motel furniture. Eddie’s affair with a society woman who drives a huge, black Mercedes-Benz has subverted his role as rugged cowboy. Angered by his desertion, the woman burns his pickup truck and sets his horses loose. A decrepit man trying to salvage his dream, Eddie talks of moving to Wyoming, where he can grow vegetables. Even in this fantasy, however, his residence will be a trailer, suggesting the ephemeral fragility of his dream.

Tickets start at $20 and may be purchased online here. Visit Round House Theatre website to learn more about their production of Fool for Love. The theatre is located at 4545 East-West Highway in Bethesda.

Learn about Fool for Love in this Behind the Scenes video by Round House:

Katie deBuys as May
Thomas Keegan as Eddie
Tom Getman as Martin
Marty Lodge as the Old Man

Artistic team:
Scenic & Costume Designer – Meghan Raham
Lighting Designer – Daniel MacLean Wagner
Composer/Sound Designer – Eric Shimelonis
Fight Choreographer – Casey Kaleba
Props Master – Andrea Moore
Dramaturg – Brent Stansell
Assistant Director – Sarah Scafidi
Stage Manager – Bekah Wachenfeld

Audience Events:
Friday, Sept. 5 at 7:15 p.m. – Director Ryan Rilette talks prior to the performance
Saturday, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. – Sign-interpreted performance
Saturday, Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. – Pay-What-You-Can performance. Tickets go on sale in person at the box office one hour prior to curtain. Subject to availability.
Tuesday, Sept. 16 and 23 – $10 Tuesday – Side section seats are $10. Supplies are limited.

Round House Theatre is located one block east of Wisconsin Avenue and the Bethesda station on the Red Line. Parking is available in the Chevy Chase Trust building parking garage, adjacent to the theater.

Schedule of performances:
Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 5 at 8 p.m.
Sept. 6 at 3 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 7 at 3 p.m.
Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 12 at 8 p.m.
Sept. 13 at 3 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 14 at 3 p.m.
Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 19 at 8 p.m.
Sept. 20 at 3 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 21 at 3 p.m.
Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 26 at 8 p.m.
Sept. 27 at 3 and 8 p.m.

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