Word for Word to Present Sam Shepard's 36 STORIES, 5/21-6/22

Word for Word presents "36 Stories by Sam Shepard" arranged for the stage and directed by Amy Kossow opening with a press night on Saturday May 24 8pm, running through June 22 (previews May 21-23) at Z Space's second venue, Z Below, at 470 Florida Street. Last year the Magic Theatre spearheaded a multi-theater celebration of Shepard's 70th birthday when they opened their season with Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Buried Child." Other companies participating in the celebration have been Crowded Fire, American Conservatory Theater in collaboration with Intersection for the Arts/Campo Santo and Word for Word.

"Word for Word was invited to create an original work by adapting his prose for the stage..." remarks Word for Word co-artistic director Susan Harloe, " company member Amy Kossow spent a year immersed in all five of Mr. Shepard's collections of poetry and fiction." Amy crafted an entirely new theatrical adaptation from 36 different pieces - a road story that begins in a roadside motel. The resulting play, "36 Stories by Sam Shepard", is the journey of a lone writer travelling the great American desert highways. "36 Stories by Sam Shepard" is directed by Amy Kossow with a consummate cast that features Rod Gnapp*, Carl Lumbly*, Delia MacDougall*, JoAnne Winter*, and Patrick Alparone*. (member Actors Equity)

Tickets: 866.811.4111 or at www.zspace.org.

Rod Gnapp - A veteran of Bay Area stages, Mr. Gnapp will appear in Every Five Minutes and was most recently seen in Buried Child at the Magic Theatre. In 2013 he was seen in Storefront Church at the SF Playhouse and The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Marin Theatre Company. Theatre credits also include work at American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Rep, California Shakespeare Theater, San Jose Rep, Aurora Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, the Huntington Theatre Company, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Seattle Rep, Virginia Playhouse and the Pittsburgh Public Theater. Mr. Gnapp can be seen in the independent feature film Touching Home by the Miller Brothers, with Ed Harris. He can also be seen in Valley of the Heart's Delite, Calendar Confloption (Pixar), and Return to the Streets of San Francisco. He is the recipient of many Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle (BATCC) Awards and is a graduate of the American Conservatory Theater's MFA program.

Carl Lumbly Soon to appear in Marin Theater Company's Fences, Carl most recently appeared in Storefront Church at the SF Playhouse, and also appeared there in Stephen Adly Gurgis' The MotherF**ker with the Hat. Carl played the lead role, Mr. Ames, in the world premiere of Regina Taylor's Off-Broadway play Stop. Reset at the Signature Theatre in NYC. Bay Area audiences last saw Carl as an Irish serial killer in the first American production of Terminus by Mark O'Rowe, directed by Jon Tracy at the Magic Theatre. He is also known for his work on the CBS police drama Cagney & Lacey, the ABC espionage drama series Alias, and as the voice of the Martian Manhunter for the animated series Justice League.

Delia MacDougall For the last twenty years, Delia has worked with Word for Word as a teacher, actor, and director. Shows she has directed include Winesburg, Ohio: Tales of the Grotesques; Immortal Heart; Oil! (Chapter One: The Ride); Confessions of Madame Psyche, among others. Delia performs throughout the Bay Area with theaters including A.C.T., California Shakespeare Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Aurora Theater, Magic Theatre, Marin Theater Company, TheatreWorks, and Intersection for the Arts.

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