"This play is to be performed relentlessly, without break."
Fool for Love is a play written by American playwright and actor Sam Shepard.
The setting is a stark motel room at the edge of the Mojave Desert. This motel room is occupied by May, a disheveled young woman, and Eddie, a rough-spoken rodeo performer. May and Eddie have a complex, love-hate relationship. Eddie is frequently away, whether for work or love affairs. May misses him or wants to leave, but never can find the will to walk away. The desperate nature of their relationship becomes apparent—they cannot get along with, or without, one another, yet neither can subdue their burning passion. The poignancy of their situation is pointed out by the play's two other characters: a hapless young man who stops by to take May to the movies and becomes the butt of Eddie's funniest yet most humiliating jokes, and a ghostly old man who sits in a rocking chair at the side of the stage commenting wryly on what he observes. Through the course of the play, we watch as they wrestle with their inner demons, their passionate love, and a curse from their fathers.
Winner of the Obie Award. A critical and popular success, this masterfully constructed work brings searing intensity and rare theatrical excitement to its probing, yet sharply humorous study of love, hate and the dying myths of the Old West.