by Sam Shepard

Directed by Sean Murray

Sep 24 - Nov 2, 2014

Low-priced Previews Sep 24 - Oct 4, 2014

Through searing truth and dark humor, Fool for Love shows the story of two people who just can't live without each other whether they like it or not. May is hiding out at an old motel in the Mojave Desert. Eddie, an old flame and childhood friend, finds her there and threatens to drag her back into the life from which she had fled. Reality and dream; truth and lies; past and present mingle in an explosive, emotional experience. Performed in rotating repertory with True West.


Manny Fernandes (Martin)
Previously at Cygnet Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Assassins, The Tragedy of the Commons, Private Lives, Mauritius, A Christmas Carol, Communicating Doors, Bug, The Invention of Love, Burn This, Escanaba in da Moonlight. Select San Diego Credits include To Kill a Mockingbird, Same Time, Next Year, Buried Child, Of Mice and Men (Craig Noel Award), Simpatico, The Man Who, Into the Woods, Sailor's Song, and Golden Boy (Craig Noel Award) at New Village Arts (Ensemble Member); Extraordinary Chambers, Mo'olelo; Jeffrey, Boys in the Band, Never the Sinner, Cloud 9, Fifth of July at Diversionary Theatre; Arcadia, Moon Over Buffalo, The Rivals, An American Daughter at North Coast Rep; Death of a Salesman, A Christmas Carol, Cabaret at San Diego Rep. Films include Ozark Savage and 29th and Gay. Manny received his Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Arts from UCSD.
Francis Gercke (Eddie)
Francis Gercke has appeared in theatre productions throughout San Diego including: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Desire Under the Elms, Our Town, The Glass Menagerie (Cygnet Theatre); Suzette Who Set To Sea, Accomplice (La Jolla Playhouse); Proof, The Merchant of Venice, In the Next Room, (San Diego Rep); A Life in the Theatre, Time Stands Still (North Coast Repertory Theatre); Hurlyburly, Grace, Shining City (ion Theatre); The Pride (Diversionary Theatre); True West, Orphans, Playboy of the Western World (New Village Arts); I Hate Hamlet, Oleanna, Macbeth (Intrepid Shakespeare Company). He is co-founder and former Artistic Director of New Village Arts and a Resident Artist with Cygnet Theatre. He is a recipient of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award for his work as an actor and as a director. He has been a faculty member at Palomar College, University of San Diego, and California State University San Marcos and is the founder of ActorsApproach, a weekly acting class. He is a graduate of the Actors Studio Drama School at the New School for Social Research in New York.
Carla Harting (May)
Carla last appeared as Ivy in August: Osage County at The Old Globe. Her Off Broadway credits include Dead Man's Cell Phone (Playwrights Horizons), Eurydice (Second Stage Theatre), Kid-Simple (Summer Play Festival), Valparaiso (Rude Mechanicals), Jimmy Carter Was a Democrat (Clubbed Thumb, Performance Space 122, The Kitchen), Freakshow and Late: A Cowboy Song (Clubbed Thumb), Be Aggressive (Soho Repertory Theater) and Straight Up & with a Twist (New Georges). Regionally she has appeared in Goldie, Max & Milk (Florida Stage), Becky's New Car (North Coast Repertory Theatre), Legacy of Light, A Delicate Balance and Passion Play (Arena Stage), The Lady from Dubuque (Seattle Repertory Theatre), Eurydice (Yale Repertory Theatre), The Scene, After Ashley, Kid-Simple, Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls and The Blue Room (Humana Festival), Night and Day (The Wilma Theater), What the Butler Saw (South Coast Repertory), Uncle Vanya, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Imaginary Invalid and Zoot Suit (San Diego Repertory Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (La Jolla Playhouse), Our Country’s Good (Signature Theatre Company, DC) and The Bright and Bold Design (The Studio Theatre, DC). Ms. Harting's film and television credits include Never Forever with Vera Farmiga, "Law & Order" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." She received her MFA from UCSD.
Antonio TJ Johnson (Old Man)
Antonio is glad to be returning to Cygnet after being nominated for a Craig Noel Award for the 2012 production Gem of the Ocean. He received Craig Noel and Patte awards in Cygnet's production of Fences. He has also appeared in The Piano Lesson and The Matchmaker at Cygnet Theatre. Other awards include Dramalogue Award (Stories About the Old Days), Playbill Award (Buried Child) and 2012/2013 Resident Artists at UCSD's Thurgood Marshall College. Antonio has become a cycling enthusiast traveling thousands of miles in support of causes he feels valuable to society, specifically personal health and cures for diseases such as HIV and Diabetes, and social issues including support for the American veteran and homeless youth. Please find more info and support his many projects at or


Creative Team

Sean Murray (Director)
Mr. Murray co-founded Cygnet Theatre in 2002 along with partner Bill Schmidt. Cygnet Theatre: Spring Awakening, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, CompanyAssassins, WCYG presents A Christmas Carol, Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, Parade, Little Shop of Horrors, Our Town, Cabaret, The Tragedy of the Commons, The Norman Conquests, Private Lives, Sweeney Todd, It's a Wonderful Life, Noises Off, Bed and Sofa '09, The History Boys, A Christmas Carol, A Little Night Music (SD Critic's Award, Best Director), The Receptionist, The Invention of Love, Bed and Sofa '04 (SD Critic's Award, Best Director, Best Musical Revival), Las Meninas, Escanaba in da Moonlight (SD Critic's Circle, Set Design), The Book of Liz, Pageant, Bug, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, St. Nicholas, The Matchmaker, Desire Under the Elms, Santaland Diaries, Firebugs, Fully Committed, Arcadia, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Foxes, My Fair Lady. Elsewhere: North Coast Rep: The Elephant Man (Patté Award, Direction), Man of La Mancha, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties; Diversionary: Never the Sinner, Love! Valour! Compassion!. Education: University of North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA). In 2000, Sean was named one of San Diego Magazine's "50 People to Watch" and in 2005 he was named Producer of the Year by the San Diego Critic's Circle.
Jessica John (Costume Designer)
Cygnet Theatre: A Behanding in Spokane, Man from Nebraska, Mauritius, Love Song; ion Theatre: Shining City, Angels in America (Millennium Approaches and Perestroika); Scripps Ranch Theatre: Almost Maine, How the Other Half Lives, Crimes of the Heart, Deathtrap; New Village Arts Theatre: HumbleBoy, True West, Sailor's Song (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award – Best Costume Design), Three Sisters, Crimes of the Heart; Backyard Productions: Hysterical Blindness, Closer, Wake of Jamey Foster, Boys Life.
Peter Herman (Wig & Makeup Designer)
Cygnet Theatre: Costumes and Wig/Makeup Design for Shakespeare's R&J, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Wigs/Makeup Design for Pageant, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Spring Awakening, Maple and Vine, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Company, Assassins, A Christmas Carol, Gem of the Ocean, Mistakes Were Made, Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, Parade, A Behanding in Spokane, The Glass Menagerie, Little Shop of Horrors, Our Town, Cabaret, The Norman Conquests, Private Lives, Sweeney Todd, The Piano Lesson, It's a Wonderful Life, Noises Off, Bed and Sofa, The History Boys, The Receptionist, A Little Night Music, Fences, The Turn of the Screw, Communicating Doors, Arcadia, The Matchmaker. Elsewhere: Peter has designed hair and wigs for over 300 productions, including the La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, San Diego Opera, Disneyland, and various film and television projects. Film: Costume design for Ready? OK! Peter currently teaches wigs and makeup at SDSU.
Chandra R.M. Anthenill (Stage Manager)
Cygnet Theatre (PSM): Spring Awakening, WCYG: A Christmas Carol ('12-'13), Assassins, Company, (ASM): Dirty Blonde. San Diego Repertory Theatre (PSM): A Weekend With Pablo Picasso, (ASM): In the Next Room aka The Vibrator Play, Tommy, Walter Cronkite is Dead, A Hammer, a Bell and a Song to Sing, Tortilla Curtain, Zoot Suit. Diversionary Theatre (PSM) Pippin. San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre (PSM): B.F.E. Lyric Opera San Diego (ASM): Barber of Seville. San Diego State University (PSM): Desire Under the Elms, Good Person of Szechwan, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Chandra holds a B.A. in Design and Technology for Theatre from SDSU.
Chad G. Dellinger (Assistant Set Desginer)
Chad is a proud graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with an emphasis in Design. Since moving to San Diego, Chad has designed at the Carlsbad Cultural Arts Center and Scripps Ranch Theatre. In 2012, Chad began his studies at San Diego State University as an MFA Scenic Design candidate where he designed Crimes of the Heart and The Laramie Project. In the summer of 2013, Chad worked in the Props Department at the Old Globe, as well as assisting both Ralph Funicello on the South Coast Repertory production of 4000 Miles, and Sean Fanning on Cygnet Theatre’s The Importance of Being Earnest and Travesties. Recent design work includes Legally Blonde for the Coronado School of the Arts. He is currently working towards the completion of his graduate degree.
Marie Jahelka (Assistant Stage Manager)
Spring Awakening, Company, Assassins, Mistakes Were Made, Parade, Cabaret, and Love Song (Cygnet Theatre); Ether Dome, The Tall Girls (La Jolla Playhouse); Somewhere, The Last Romance, The Whipping Man, Romeo y Julieta, Back Back Back, Opus, The American Plan, In This Corner, Oscar and The Pink Lady, How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, 2006 Shakespeare Festival, and Hayfever (The Old Globe Theatre); The Amish Project (Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company); Mixtape (Lamb's Players Theatre). Marie received her Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Arts from the University of San Diego and is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.

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Out Night @ Cygnet - Oct 8th @ 6:30PM
Cygnet is proud to present an evening for our theatre loving friends in the LGBT community. Enjoy a pre-show mixer before the performance on Cygnet's beautiful Elaine Lipinsky Patio. Everyone is welcome! A theatre ticket for the evening's performance is required to attend.
Friday Forum - Oct 10th @ 8:00PM
Friday Forums gives you an opportunity to chat with the cast and director following the performance on the first Friday after opening night.
CygNext Night - Oct 24th @ 8:00PM
Members of our CygNext: Under 30 Club can stick around after the show for a post-show mixer. Meet members of the cast and enjoy happy hour prices including $2 beers.
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