When: July 5, August 5 & September 13
Location: The Downs at Santa Fe
The Lensic presents FUSION Theatre Company’s
The Southwest premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard’s play stars Albuquerque resident Paul Blott
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Admission: $20-$40; $10 for students
The Lensic is proud to present FUSION Theatre Company’s production of Kicking a Dead Horse on July 20. Written by American actor, director, and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard in 2007, Kicking a Dead Horse is the story of how one man abandons a life of riches in search of authenticity. FUSION’s production stars Albuquerque resident Paul Blott and is directed by FUSION co-founder Laurie Thomas.
In Kicking a Dead Horse’s opening scene, self-made millionaire and Manhattan art dealer Hobart Struthers finds himself alone in the vast desert, digging a grave for his horse, who has just dropped dead. Struthers made his fortune buying cheap paintings from Wyoming saloons and reselling them for millions. Facing a midlife crisis, he has abandoned his wife and posh life. When his horse falls beneath him during his desert journey, leaving him stranded alone, Struthers struggles to put all the contradictions about his life to rest. In this 80-minute monologue, the former art dealer engages in a debate between his cynical side and the sincere one, discussing which path brought him to the desert in the first place—all while kicking his dead horse.
FUSION’s production is part of the theater company’s collaboration with the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History’s summer exhibit “Changing Perceptions of the Western Landscape.” The play will be performed at the museum before coming to The Lensic.
Kicking a Dead Horse premiered in 2007 at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, and made its U.S. premiere at the off-Broadway Public Theatre in New York City. Shepard has written nearly 50 plays and won the Pulitzer Prize for drama for his play, Buried Child. His plays are noted for combining wild humor, grotesque satire, myth, and a sparse, haunting language to present a subversive view of American life. Frank Rich of The New York Times said this about Shepard: “No one knows better than Sam Shepard that the true American West is gone forever, but there is no writer alive more gifted at reinventing it out of pure literary air.” Shepard is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is the most produced playwright in the United States after Tennessee Williams.
About Paul Blott
Paul Blott is an Albuquerque resident who previously performed at The Lensic in FUSION’s productions of Humble Boy and Other Desert Cities. He came to New Mexico from Los Angeles, where he performed for several seasons with Will Geer’s outdoor Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon, playing a variety of Shakespearean roles. He also appeared in numerous Shakespeare in Santa Fe productions. His other FUSION credits include playing Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, and Mark Rothko in Red. His film and television work includes roles in Lightning Jack, The Last Hit, Wildfire, In Plain Sight and Longmire. Blott and his wife, Susie, own herb business Aroma Fresca in Albuquerque.