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Geography of a Horse Dreamer

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Geography of a Horse Dreamer, Profiles Performance Ensemble. Sam Shepard's Geography of a Horse Dreamer is the story of inept gangsters who've kidnapped a sheepherder from Wyoming for his uncanny ability to predict horse races through his dreams. The characters are typical of Shepard: they're corrupted by preposterous situations; they're isolated and desperate to find connection. However strange the scenarios, there is a recognizable and humorous truth and humanity in Shepard's work. Under Ken Mitten's direction, Profiles' production plays up the rich humor.

Shepard's plays are candy for actors: the rapid changes in his characters' thoughts, mirroring how people really think, demand rawness and flexibility. Greg Yaeger's Cody, the dreamer in custody, finds the nuances of the text. A perplexed, hippie-ish everyman, Cody is so drugged on sleeping pills, exhaustion, and fear that his internal monologues go haywire; his mind seems at the point where sleeping and consciousness meet, where reality and surrealism blur. The gangsters and other supporting characters all blend into this bizarrely normalized world with natural flair. --Gabrielle S. Kaplan

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