Sam Shepard at Playreaders

By Susan Rushton

Henry and Conchalla

This coming week Playreaders proudly present a staged reading of The Late Henry Moss by Sam Shepard. To most people Sam Shepard needs no introduction, and although this play is less well-known than works such as Buried Child or True West it is every bit as masterful and moving.

The Late Henry Moss by Sam Shepard
Wed and Thu, Sep 18 & 19, 7:30pm
St. Paul’s Church
Cardo 6
20 pesos

Earl and Ray are the two estranged sons of Henry Moss. Their father has recently died under somewhat mysterious circumstances. Earl has been summoned by Henry’s Mexican neighbor, Esteban, and has arrived to find his father dead. Earl called Ray, and now we find the two brothers confronting each other in Henry’s dirty desert hovel somewhere in New Mexico. Ray is convinced Earl knows more about their father’s death than he is letting on, so he badgers Earl for some kind of truth about the present situation and also about their family history. Relentlessly, he pressures the long-suffering Esteban and tracks down the taxi driver who took Henry and his girlfriend, Conchalla, on a fishing expedition on the day of his death. In the throes of this interrogation fragments of the story are revealed in flashbacks that bring the dead Henry back to life in all his swaggering, belligerent glory.

If you like theater, The Late Henry Moss offers a chance to see and hear a work clothed in all the poetic dialog, images and dark humor that make Sam Shepard one of our greatest living playwrights. The roles are as follows. Henry Moss: Jim Newell, Earl: Michael Gottleib. Ray: David Galitzky, taxi driver: Henry Vermillion, Conchalla: Andrea Dovner and Esteban: Carlos Espinosa. Lights and sound by Dic Simandl, and Susan Rushton directs.

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