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Fool for Love

Fool for Love

by Sam Shepherd

directed by Bain Boehlke

September 6 - October 20

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"The best play of the year"

-Graydon Royce, Pioneer Press



-Rohan Preston, Star Tribune


"The best 4 actors in the metro on one stage"

- Sophie Kerman, Aisle Say Twin Cities



Sam Shepard's Fool for Love, an explosive tale of doomed love and loss, is set in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave desert where transient lovers May and Eddie engage in a ruthless struggle for power and truth.  Bain Boehlke directs this story of ill-fated love, which stars Terry Hempleman as Eddie, a reprise of one of his most memorable Jungle performances.  Fool for Love is the not-to-be-missed event of the 2013 Twin Cities Theater Season!



Terry Hempleman (Eddie) Terry has performed at The Jungle Theater for over two decades, going back to his appearance as Max in the 1992 production of Dial ‘M’ for Murder,a role he revisited here in 2012.  He also appeared in Fool For Love, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Torch Song Trilogy, Tamarack, Recent Tragic Events and Orange Flower Water. Other local credits include Amber Waves and Huck Finn at the Children’s Theatre; The Master Butchers Singing Club, Arsenic and Old Lace, His Girl Friday and Lake Hollywood at the Guthrie; Miss Julie, The Most Happy Fella, and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe with 10,000 Things Theater Company; Bill W. and Dr. Bob at Illusion Theater; August: Osage County, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Of Mice and Men at Park Square Theatre; Side Man and Doll’s House at the Madison Repertory Theatre; and American Sublime at the Gallery Atitlan, which he also designed and produced. Film credits include Drop Dead Gorgeous, Mall Rats, and Factotum.


Jennifer Blagen (May) Jennifer is very happy to be returning to the Jungle stage.  Seen previously here in The Swan, How the Other Half Loves, Orange Flower Water and The Fourposter, she has also been seen in the Twin Cities with the Guthrie, Eye of the Storm, Pillsbury House Theatre, Stagewright Theatre Co., The Children’s Theater, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, Old Log, and many other theatres over the past 30 years.  Out of town, she’s toured to the Soviet Union with CTC, and performed with the Denver Center Theater Co. and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.  Her favorite productions, however, are her four children Lucy, Ellery, Josie, and Mathilda.


Allen Hamilton (The Old Man) Allen has appeared in most of the major playhouses in the Twin Cities, as well as in theatres in Chicago, Washington, Boston, Memphis, Duluth, St. Louis, Tucson, Los Angeles and New York.  He has acted on Broadway in Arturo Ui and The House of Atreus and the Tony Award winning revival of Death of a Salesman with Brian Dennehy.  Last year, Death of a Salesman completed a seven-month engagement at the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End, where Hamilton reprised his role of Uncle Ben.  He has been seen in numerous television movies and feature films, including The Fugitive with Harrison Ford and Only the Lonely with Maureen O’Hara and John Candy.


Jason Peterson (Martin) Jason has worked as an actor in New York and Minneapolis over the past nine years.  Television credits include: Six degrees, Guiding Light, and As the World Turns.  Recent acting credits include: Rabbit Hole (The Jungle); String, Miracle on Christmas Lake, Our Town, and The Glass Menagerie (Yellow Tree Theatre).  Jason holds a BFA in Acting from the University of MN Duluth and is the founder and artistic director of Yellow Tree Theatre in Osseo, MN.


Bain Boehlke (Scenic Designer and Director) the founding Artistic Director of the Jungle Theater.  He has worked in theaters around the country including Arizona Theatre Company, Louisville Children’s Theatre and Honolulu Theatre for Youth.  Mr. Boehlke was Associate Artistic Director and a leading actor at the Children’s Theatre Company for 13 years.  In 1978, Mr. Boehlke founded Trinity Films and produced the documentary Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Memories and Perspectives.  He appeared as Mr. Mohra in the Coen brothers’ film Fargo.  He was the recipient of the 2001 McKnight Fellowship for Theater Arts, and was recently honored as the 2009 Distinguished Artist of the Year by the McKnight Foundation.  Since the Jungle’s inception over 20 years ago, Mr. Boehlke has directed, designed and/or appeared in most of the theater’s productions including Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Bus Stop, Fool for Love, House of Blue Leaves, Journey’s End, Seascape, A Life in the Theater, Picnic, Lobster Alice, Under Milk Wood, The Pavilion, Gertrude and Alice, Sylvia, Torch Song Trilogy, Tamarack, The Blue Room, Hapgood, Orson Welles Rehearses Moby Dick, A Delicate Balance, Tossin’ Junk, Orange Flower Water, The Drawer Boy, The Dazzle, Recent Tragic Events, Honour, How the Other Half Loves, Bone Dry, Same Time, Next Year, Betrayal, Last of the Boys, The Swan, K2, Two for the Seasaw, Speed-the-Plow, Rabbit Hole, The Gin Game, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Glass Menagerie, Shirley Valentine, Hamlet, Dial ‘M’ for Murder and Waiting for Godot.


Amelia Cheever (Costume Designer)  Amelica has been designing costumes at the Jungle since 1993 including Venus in Fur, Bus Stop, Journey’s End, Waiting for Godot, The Lower Depths, Lobster Alice, Macbeth, The Diary of Anne Frank, Picnic, The Pavilion, Sylvia (2001), Torch Song Trilogy, Tamarack, Molly’s Delicious, The Fourposter, Orange Flower Water, Hapgood, Fully Committed, Lobby Hero, Perfect Crime, A Delicate Balance, MIKEANDNEALSHOW, The Drawer Boy, Silvia (2004), The Dazzle, Recent Tragic Events, Under Milk Wood, Honour, How the Other Half Loves, I Am My Own Wife, Last of the Boys, The Swan, K2, Two for the Seesaw, Speed-the-Plow, Shining City, The Seafarer, Next Fall and Noises Off.  She has also worked with Red Eye Collaboration, Park Square Theatre, Mary Worth Theatre Company, New Music Theater Ensemble, and the Ordway (Ruthless and Always...Patsy Cline).  At the Guthrie, she has designed Sideman, In The Blood, Pericles, 9 Parts of Desire and The 39 Steps, as well as Hiding in the Open at the History Theatre and Black Nativity at Penumbra Theatre.


Barry Browning (Lighting Designer)  Barry  is the Jungle Theater’s production manager and resident lighting designer.  He has designed lights for Danny Buraczeski’s Jazz Dance, Children’s Theatre Company, Zenon Dance Company, Mixed Blood Theatre, Eye of the Storm, and the Ordway.  He has also worked with the Joyce Theater, Switzerland’s STEP Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Aruba International Festival and Central Children’s Theater in Moscow.  He shares his life with his wife Sharon and children Andy and Josie.  Barry was recently honored with an Ivey Award for Best Lighting in the Jungle’s production of Dial ‘M’ for Murder.


Sean Healey (Sound Designer)  Sean has designed the sound for numerous Jungle productions.  He also designed Disney’s High School Musical, Fashion 47, A Christmas Story, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Tommy, and Cinderella at Children’s Theatre Company.  Other theaters include Open Eye Figure Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, and Cornerstone Theater Company.  Sean won a 2009 Ivey Award for Sound Design for his work on the Jungle’s production of Shipwrecked!.


Peter Moore (Fight Choreographer)  Peter did the fights for the Jungle’s recent productions of Dial ‘M’ for Murder, Hamlet and Waiting For Godot. He has worked on Broadway (The Lion King, Marlowe), Off-Broadway (Theater Off-Park, New York Theatre Ensemble and Trinity Theatre) and regionally with the La Jolla Playhouse, The Acting Company, Dallas Theatre Center, Opera Omaha and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. He has staged fights for more than a dozen productions at the Guthrie including Othello, As You Like It, Private Lives, Twelfth Night, Thief River and His Girl Friday; other local credits include 10,000 Things and History Theatre. He was the stunt coordinator for the films Thin Ice with Greg Kinnear and Alan Arkin, Factotum with Matt Dillon, Embrace of the Vampire with Alyssa Milano and Old Explorers with James Whitmore and Jose Ferrer. He was a collegiate champion saber fencer at Penn State and currently teaches stage combat at the Guthrie and the University of Minnesota.


John Novak (Properties/Season Stage Manager)  John has worked at the Jungle since 1997. He enjoys the roles of Season Stage Manager, Prop Manager, and Sound and Lighting Operator for four shows every season.  Prior to working at the Jungle, he was a stage manager and assistant director for regional opera companies in Minneapolis, St. Louis, Dallas, Boston, Tulsa, and Pittsburgh.  He has also worked as a designer and technician at many Twin Cities venues.



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