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Paradise Motel Readings from the Writings of Playwright/Actor Sam Shepard

Staged Reading, Comedy/Drama

"Paradise Motel," presented by Toy Boat Theatre, is a staged reading of select works from iconic American playwright and Oscar nominated film actor Sam Shepard, who died on July 27, 2017 of complications from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), or Lou Gherig's Disease. His greatest theatrical accomplishment was his 1979 full-length play, Buried Child, about a dysfunctional family with a terrible years-old secret, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for drama. Shepard also wrote screen plays, directed for stage and screen, and was nominated for an OSCAR for his role as Chuck Yeager in "The Right Stuff." Shepard's cannon of plays and writings offers a dark and gritty portrait of the American family. In plain, often profane language, his characters argue, abandon, return after years away, love hard and fight harder. Many of his works are funny, his characters given to high expectations and very low results. Shepard's plays continue to be frequently staged and provide coveted roles for actors. Paradise Motel features selections from Shepard's diverse writings: plays, short stories, poems, essays, journals and interviews. The company of readers is comprised of notable regional actors: Marilyn Bennett, Mark Peterson, Deya Ozburn, Jeff Salazar, Jason Sharp and Meleesa Wyatt. Peter Pendras, a long-time Northwest guitarist and recording artist, will accompany the performance.