High Plains Fandango
a play by
High Plains Fandango, Red Shuttleworth's play about the approach of water scarcity and the possible privatization of aquifers like the Ogallala Aquifer under the High Plains, is available as a paperback (cover photograph courtesy of Ed Kashi/VII) from Humanitas Media Publishing. It can be ordered from Amazon.
Clayton Howe as "O'Garr" and Tony Taylor as "Ken Adams"
in the SUNY-Fredonia production of Red Shuttleworth's High Plains Fandango.
High Plains Fandango takes place in a small, withered cattle town in western Nebraska. The citizens face a Faustian bargain for survival.
Commissioned in 2010 by the Theatre Arts Department at The State University of New York at Fredonia, High Plains Fandango was developed (with a public reading) by the Echo Theater Company of Los Angeles under the direction of Ethan Phillips. High Plains Fandango, directed by Tom Loughlin, premiered at SUNY-Fredonia on February 24, 2012.
Red Shuttleworth, poet and playwright, named by True West magazine "Best Living Western Poet" in 2007, is a three-time winner of the Spur Award (from Western Writers of America) for Poetry. His plays have been presented widely in both professional and academic venues, including at The Foothill Theatre (CA), Spirit of the Horse Theatre (MN), Sundance Playwrights Lab, The Sun Valley Festival of New Western Drama, and the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival.