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Rare Sam Shepard Play at San Miguel Playreaders

By Susan Rushton

This week Playreaders presents an unusual work by Sam Shepard, one of the foremost living US playwrights. When the World Was Green (subtitled A Chef’s Fable) is a tale of an old man who was once a chef. He is currently serving a jail sentence for murdering the person he mistook for his cousin, whom he had stalked for many years. The killing was intended to avenge an ancient family feud, which originated one day over the poisoning of a mule. This vendetta has lasted for seven generations!

When the World Was Green
Tue, Mar 17, Wed, Mar 18 and Thu, Mar 19, 7:30pm
St Paul’s Parish Hall
Cardo 6
20 pesos donation

A young woman, claiming to be a reporter, conducts several interviews with the old man concerning the murder. What gradually emerges is a story of senseless bloodletting and final redemption. At the same time we learn how the personal histories of the old man and the young woman are mysteriously intertwined.

Steeped in the elliptical, poetic style for which Shepard is justly celebrated, When the World Was Green is both a simple and a profound play, rarely staged, and not to be missed!

Old Man played by Fil Formicola, Interviewer played by Debra Bigge-Holloran, Technical Consultant Dic Simandl, Director Susan Rushton.


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