Works by Women San Francisco kicked off 2015 with our 26th Meetup – Late: A Cowboy Song produced by Custom Made Theater. I fondly remember reading this play when I was Literary Manager at Playwrights Foundation back in the early aughts, and being thrilled to discover an amazing emerging writer called Sarah Ruhl!
From Custom Made Theater: “Sarah Ruhl’s Late: A Cowboy Song is for all the cowboys of heart and mind, who ride outside the city limits of convention. Mary (Maria Leigh), always late and always married, meets a lady cowboy (Lauren Preston) outside the city limits of Pittsburgh who teaches her how to ride a horse. Mary’s husband, Crick (Brian Martin), buys a painting with the last of their savings. Mary and Crick have a baby, but they can’t decide on the baby’s name, or the baby’s gender. Sarah Ruhl’s witty, poetic and subtle play is a portrait of three souls in collision.”
This production was directed by Ariel Craft (Custom Made Assistant Artistic Director) and features actors Maria Leigh and Lauren Preston. Other women working on the production include: Cat Howser (stage manager), Liz Ryder (score/sound), Brooke Jennings (costumes), and Leah S. Abrams (Custom Made Executive Director).
From Rob Hurwitt’s SF Chronicle review: “at its heart is one woman’s serious, infectiously murky striving for clarity and a kind of fulfillment that can’t help but command engagement.”
If you were part of the Meetup or saw the play on your own, please share your perspective!
Images courtesy Custom Made Theater. Photo by Jay Yamada.