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THEATRE PREVIEW Split personalities

An early Sam Shepard play loses its Festival Cherry at last Throwing pornography and venture capitalism into the middle of a revolution liberally sprinkled with sex, sex and more sex is just the sort of stunt one has come to expect from Sam Shepard. But in Shaved Splits, America's leanest, meanest, obscenest playwright creates scenes that make Quentin Tarantino‘s dialogue look like a Sunday school outing.

'It opens with probably the most gratuitous sexual monologue I've ever read,’ drawls actor Gabriel Kuttner. 'He designed it to shock and offend. A voluptuous young redhead called Cherry is lying on her bed high up in her castle in a sort of imagined New York City, nibbling chocolates and fantasising explicit sexual scenes from pornographic novels, in the absence of her corporate jet setting husband. She flirts and experiments with all the decadence money can buy, she has servants who have servants who have servants. But there's a revolution taking place outside her window.’ The fun really starts when an injured revolutionary comes in and takes Cherry hostage. The two desperately try

to hold onto their beliefs until . . . well that would be


Shaved Splits was written during Shepard’s time at La Mama - New York City's temple of avant-garde theatre - before he became artist-in-residence at London's Royal Court Theatre. It was first performed in New York in 1970 but has never played in Britain until now.

The sheer pace of the play challenges the four actors and director Matthew Gray, who make up Anglo-


stars and stripes: Gabriel Kuttner in Shaved Splits

American company Pontoon Productions. ‘The rhythms

change and the scenes move so quickly, and it demands

such complete focus and attentiveness, that you can only get there by trusting his crazy play 100 per cent,’ says Kuttner. 'Once you start to question where you are and ask, "How did my character end up here?" or "Why is he doing this?" then the moment is gone and you've lost it.’ (Stephanie Noblett)

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Brain Souffle

Scott Capurro is not known for his good taste, and Brain Souffle is no exception. A one-man play originally

Scott Capurro: all you need is glove

intended for a cast, it explores the delicate tOpics of date-rape, stalking and murder in a typically depraved fashion. 'I wanted to use a cast, but couldn't afford the air fare. So I use oven mitts instead.’

It's all true. The play sees Capurro

play Tom, an alcoholic comedian With an unhealthy obsession for an uninterested one-night stand As supporting oven rnitts portray therapist, friend and even white trash stepsister, Tom's dangerous fixation wrth the stranger escalates, clirnaxing in a drama-queen date-rape scene 'lt's auto'riiogiaphital, I guess,’ states Capurro 'A guy I was seeing onte attused me of violating him, even though were never llllt lothed together i didn't understand, and l felt awful that I'd made him feel that way, but I also thought, "This would make a great play

The play is much more light-hearted than its subject matter might suggest. as Capurro's casting of Taylor, the Victim, testifies. ‘I wanted him to be more real than the others,’ he says. ’So I cast a sock to play him. A sock is more expressive than an oven mitt' (Nicky Agate) For details, see Hit list, right




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