Dawn Tucker plays the role of May in Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival's special production of "Fool for Love."

Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival will be putting on a production of Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, “Fool for Love.” The American classic is the company's first departure from Shakespeare.

The play is focused on ex-lovers Eddie and May, who have been stuck in a love-hate relationship for most of their lives. May seems to have finally had enough and moved away to a dingy motel in the middle of the desert to escape Eddie and even has a new companion but the play opens as Eddie finds her and tries to drag her back to the life she left behind.

May and Eddie have fallen apart and made up so often, it doesn’t make sense why they can’t just accept that they’re not meant to be. They’re drawn to each other like magnets while at the same time get into fierce sparring matches, both verbal and physical.

Throughout the production, an old man provides commentary to the couple and audience. The cast of four is made up of Tucker and Gavin Buckley playing the leads, Bill Chameides as the Old Man and Cameron Scully as May’s new beau Martin.

The fast-paced script explores a constant push and pull between the main characters as they try to make sense of what their heart wants versus what they know to be best for them—ultimately, to disappear from each other’s lives once and for all.

Performances of “Fool for Love” will be the last two weekends of March. The Momentum Aerial Arts Studio will host the production today and Saturday, March 23 and 24, before it moves to La Posada Hotel in Winslow March 30 and 31. Tickets are $14-$30. Visit www.flagshakes.org for more information or to buy tickets.

Northern Arizona Healthcare hosting Rock-A-Thon to kick off new program

The community is invited to Northern Arizona Healthcare’s free Rock-A-Thon event Wednesday, March 28, from 5:30-8 p.m., at the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare in Flagstaff at 1215 N. Beaver St.

The Rock-A-Thon will kick off a new project: building a rock garden for the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare. Participants will paint images and inspirational messages on rocks and have the opportunity to place their rock directly in the garden in honor of anyone who needs their spirits lifted.

For more information, visit NAHealth.com.

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