Play response:Sam Shepard's "Fool For Love"--incls: Title-Author-Nationality-Period and Setting-Synopsis-Unique Elements of Playwright's Style-Production Challenges/Problems

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Title: Fool For Love

Author: Sam Shepard

Nationality: American

Period and Setting: 1980's, Low rent motel room on the edge of the Mojave Desert

Synopsis: At the top, Eddie is trying to reassure a very stricken May that he isn't going to leave. She accuses him of cheating and he leaves. May freaks out and then he comes back in. They fight some more. May threatens to kill both Eddie and his lover. He tries to calm her down by telling her how far he came for her and his plans for the future. May says she doesn't want that and that she is sick of him sucking her into his wonderful fantasy plans and then dropping her again. He says he plans to at least stay the night. They embrace and kiss and then she knees him in the crotch and runs to the bathroom. The old man explains to Eddie the difference between being a fantasist and a realist.

May comes out and changes into a sexy dress while telling Eddie she can't forgive him because she can't forget the picture she has of him with The Countess and that he should leave because she has someone coming over to take her out. He gets upset and leaves. May frantically throws some things into a suitcase, but hears him coming back and stops. Eddie enters with a shotgun and some tequila. He pours a glass and begins to clean the shotgun while telling May she can't be serious about this other guy because she called him a "man" not a "guy" so she should let Eddie stay and meet him and then she can judge. She argues that whatever the two of them had, it is stupid and it is over and tells him to leave. He picks...