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

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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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