Following the critically acclaimed productions of The Dazzle, Bug and Unfaithful, Emily Dobbs Productions presents Fool for Love, the final show at Found111, “London’s most fashionable pop-up theatre” (Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard). The production runs for eight weeks only from 26 October to 17 December 2016, with a press night on 31 October.
Passionate and explosive, Fool for Love by multi award-winning playwright, Sam Shepard, stars New Jersey-born Adam Rothenberg, making his eagerly awaited London stage debut, and Olivier award-nominated Lydia Wilson. They previously starred together as lovers in BBC1’s hit detective series, Ripper Street.
Adam has starred in all five series of Ripper Street as former US Army surgeon and Pinkerton agent Capt Homer Jackson. He also played Stanley Kowalski opposite Patricia Clarkson in the Kennedy Centre’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Lydia was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Olivier as Kate Middleton in Rupert Goold’s King Charles III at the Almeida, West End and on Broadway to rave reviews. She was Cate in the Olivier-nominated Blasted and Kalara in this year’s Star Trek Beyond.
Confined to a run-down motel room Eddie and May spit truth and lies at each other as they fight for a love that they can’t live with, or without. Past, present and reality collide in this searingly funny, dark portrayal of love, loss and identity set against the stark backdrop of the Mojave Desert.
Adam said: “I’m thrilled to have been invited to London to be a part of such a wonderful play. Its a dream part. It’s going to be doubly exciting to play opposite Lydia Wilson again. We had such a great time on Ripper Street together and I look forward to getting to do this part opposite her.”
Lydia added: “I’m so excited to work on this iconic play at Found111 – I remember as a teenager running around the old St Martin’s School of Art building. And I’m delighted to be working again with the immensely talented Adam Rothenberg. The entire cast of Ripper Street were very close, it was a uniquely happy job with real respect and friendship amongst the cast.”
Director Simon Evans (The Dazzle, Bug) triumphantly returns to Found111 to direct the production. He said: “I can’t wait to return to direct Found111’s swan-song show, Fool for Love. Ever since walking up those stairs and into that space on behalf of the Collyer brothers (for The Dazzle), I’ve adored its unique capacity to pull an audience into a story; not to mention the extraordinary artists I’ve been able to work with. Sam Shepard’s blisteringly good play completes the triptych perfectly: pulling out audience again into the wilder corners of America and confronting them with one final set of fascinating, eccentric and damaged characters bound together by their attempts to understand their place in the world. Outsiders who seal themselves away have always found a good home at Found111. I’ll be sad to see it go, but am thrilled we get to see it out in style.”
The cast of Fool for Love also includes Joe McGann and Luke Neal. Found111 is a pop-up venue at 111 Charing Cross Road, the original site of the Central St Martins School of Art. For decades the site has been a hub of creativity and the springboard for some of the most seminal artists of our contemporary cultural landscape. Run by Emily Dobbs, Found111 is a space for exciting theatre in a unique site specific environment in the heart of Soho. For this final production, the venue will have allocated seating.