Schedule

August 13th

04:30PM - 07:30PM

Registration and Guest Check In

Sam Shepard Image
06:30PM

Opening Reception with Music

08:00PM

The Late Henry Moss - Full Production

(Q +A with Cast and Crew to follow)

One of Shepard’s less famous plays, this production tells the story of two brothers brought together after the death of their alcoholic and violent father—exploring the circumstances of his death, the mystery of their familial relationships, and the edge of their disparate memories of the past.

(performed again on 8/14)

August 14th

09:30AM

Sam Shepard- America's Poet Lariat -  Academic Panel 

A discussion on Shepard and the American Myth

Dr. Steven Burch, University of Alabama

01:30PM

Cowboy Mouth - Staged Reading

Battle of wills between between Slim and Cavale on love, rock-and-roll, hope, the distinction between the abstract and reality, and their lost dreams.

03:00PM

Spy of the 1st Person - Reading

Sam Shepard’s final work, a reading and discussion on reflections of a man contemplating his life and memories in his dying days. 

04:30PM

Blackthorn - Film 

Sam Shepard stars as James Blackthorn (aka Butch Cassidy) living in Bolivia as he longs for a return home after 20 years in hiding. The resulting adventure kindles flashback memories to his days with the Sundance Kid as he attempts to make his way home. 

Trailer

08:00PM

The Late Henry Moss - Full Production

(Q +A with Cast and Crew to follow)

One of Shepard’s less famous plays, this production tells the story of two brothers brought together after the death of their alcoholic and violent father—exploring the circumstances of his death, the mystery of their familial relationships, and the edge of their disparate memories of the past.

(2nd performance)

Book Cover The Late Henry Moss

August 15th

10:00AM
01:00PM
2:30PM
11:15AM

Acting in Shepard - Academic Panel

 

An actor’s perspective trying to live up to Shepard’s forward to the play Fool For Love asking the play to be performed restlessly. 

 Chelsea Nicholson,  Samford School of the Arts

Hawk Moon - Staged Reading

Selections from this collection of poems, short stories and monologues, reflecting Shepard’s experience growing up in America.  With reflections on an array of themes like the hard life rural workers, kids running amok on border towns with Canada, the sex of fishes,  motor cars, and rock-and-roll.

Poster Hawk Moon

Fool for Love - Film 

Directed by Robert Altman, starring Sam Shepard, Kim Bassinger and Dennis Quaid.  Former lovers May and Eddie encounter each other in a motel where their passionate relationship rears its tempestuous head. Battling each other they must confront their shared connection to a father they don’t really know, and Eddie must face his inherited tendencies.

Trailer

04:30PM

Closing Party for Artists and Guests 

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 07:30PM 

The Wild Shiners  - Concert 

A quintet composed of instrumentally diverse musicians who play everything from banjo and fiddle to flat-pick guitar, upright bass, and drums, the Wild Shiners are known for their Southern roots sound, including country, blues, jazz, soul, bluegrass, and outlaw country styles.

http://wildshinersmusic.com/

How can women like Shepard? -Academic Panel 

 

While some may be unnerved by  Shepard’s masculine and perhaps misogynistic work, this is not a universal response. This panel takes four Shepard plays and discusses how women can make a connection to and have an appreciation of his masculine world.

Constance R. Smith,  Chipola College

Pam Rentz, Chipola College
Dr. Rachel West, Chipola College