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High Plains Fandango
Read the Article in The Huffington Post
A play by Red Shuttleworth, first produced in 2012 by SUNY-Fredonia, High Plains Fandango, described as a "tragi-comedy," depicts the Faustian bargain the citizens of a small Nebraskan town must make in the face impending water privatization.
As the town sits on the Ogalalla aquifer, future water shortages will make certain deals difficult to refuse, with big business taking advantage of their economic state to gain rights to what will soon become the world's most scarce natural resource.
As described by the Observer, the play "is set in this contemporary Western landscape, of impending ecological crisis, post Cold War decay, a collapsed economy, frustrated dreams, and striving exploitation of both natural resources and national heritage." Kindle/Print Release: August 24, 2015. (Click on book photo or click here to order on Amazon; to buy an autographed copy, please contact us.)
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Advance Praise for High Plains Fandango
Red Shuttleworth is one of the finest poets of the American West, past, present, and future. Some of us also know him as one of the finest, imaginative living playwrights writing for a challenged American theatre. In Shuttleworth's daring and galvanizing, dark tragi-comedy, High Plains Fandango, he offers a perceptive and prophetic account of romance, life, and danger on the High Plains of Nebraska, a possible epicenter of our water-scarcity future. High Plains Fandango lives through brilliant language, complex characters, arresting storytelling, and all-too meaningful themes. Viva Red Shuttleworth!
-- Dr. Jerry L. Crawford, Dean Emeritus, The College of Fellows of the American Theatre, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
Red Shuttleworth is the most urgent playwright I know. His language is taut, unencumbered with extraneous flourishes. His characters are direct; they take decisive action without regard for the consequences. His themes hit on contemporary issues, and hit hard. He has a great love for the neglected and downtrodden whose lives are being crushed from the outside. That's why I commissioned Red Shuttleworth's High Plains Fandango, so that my audiences could feel this urgency like a hoof to the mouth.
-- Tom Loughlin, Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance, State University of New York at Fredonia
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