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Joint Productions brings Sam Shepard play to St. John’s stage

Their last production earned them hate mail. Now, Joint Productions is back with their second-ever project, a production of American playwright Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love.”

Actors (from left) Eddie Penney, Melissa Ralph and Simon Alteen star in Joint Productions’  “Fool for Love,” running at the Barbara Barrett Theatre in St. John’s Thursday until Sunday.

Directed by Alix Reynolds, the play, first staged in 1983 and adapted into a feature film starring Kim Basinger and Shepard, tells the story of May and Eddie in a hotel room in the Mojave Desert.

Former lovers, Eddie has found May in the rundown hotel in which she was hiding, and the pair must confront their taboo relationship.

The play isn’t particularly easy for a small production company, given its southern nuances and action-heavy script (which requires minor stunts), but Reynolds and her cast and crew are not ones to shy away from a challenge, nor the exploration of taboos.

Their debut theatre piece, last year’s “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?” dealt with themes of incest, bestiality and infidelity.

It resulted in rave reviews and some not-so-friendly email from people protesting the appropriateness of the subject matter.

Starring Eddie Penney, Melissa Ralph, Simon Alteen and David Hallet, “Fool for Love” runs from Thursday until Sunday at the Barbara Barrett Theatre in the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Tickets are $25 ($20 for seniors and students) from the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre box office, by calling 729-3900 or online at www.artsandculturecentre.com. There’s also a pay-what-you-can matinee Saturday at 2 p.m.

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Organizations: Barbara Barrett Theatre

Geographic location: Mojave Desert

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