Red Shuttleworth

High Plains Fandango, a Red Shuttleworth play, published in paperback by Humanitas Media Publishing.

Jessica Drew Cates as Aquinas in High Plains Fandango (SUNY-Fredonia, 2012)

High Plains Fandango

Clayton Howe as O'Garr and Tony Taylor as Ken Adams in Red Shuttleworth's High Plains Fandango, first produced at SUNY-Fredonia in 2012.
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Red Shuttleworth's High Plains Fandango, published as a paperback in 2015 by Humanitas Media Publishing, is a play about the approach of water scarcity, the potential for privatization of the Ogallala Aquifer, and small town life on the High Plains of western Nebraska.



"Red Shuttleworth is one of the finest poets of the American West, past, present, and future. Some of us know him as one of the finest, imaginative living playwrights writing for a challenged American Theatre."

-Dr. Jerry L. Crawford, Dean Emeritus, The College of Fellows of the American Theatre, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C


"Red Shuttleworth is the most urgent playwright I know. His language is taut, unencumberd with extraneous flourishes. His characters are direct; they take decisive action without regard for the consequences. His themes hit on contemporary issues, and hit hard. He has a great love for he neglected and downtrodden whose lives are being crushed from the outside. That's why I commissioned Red Shuttleworth's High Plains Fandango, so that my audiences could feel this urgency like a hoof to the mouth.

Tom Loughlin, Charman, Department of Theatre Arts, State University of New York at Fredonia

Selected Works

Poetry
New poems from Spur Award and Wrangler Award winner Red Shuttleworth
Winner of the 2016 Western Heritage (Wrangler) Award for Poetry, "Woe to the Land Shadowing" presents poems from the Washington State fire season of summer-2015.
The poems in "Ghosts & Birthdays" give voice to prizefighters, painters, and poets who have passed away, to gunfighters, dancers, and to baseball players. And the voices speak to us of passionate gain and loss.
The mad life, in poetry, of Old West outlaw Johnny Ringo.
Roadside Attractions is the winner of the 2011 Spur Award for Best Poem from Western Writers of America, is an extended meditation, using the ghazal poetry form, on driving the West.
The poems in Spur Award winning Western Settings explore the history and life of the American West.
Drama
High Plains Fandango, now in paperback from Humanitas Media Publishing, was commissioned (2010) and first produced by the Theatre Arts Department at State University of New York at Fredonia (2012), where it was directed by Tom Loughlin. It was developed (2011), under the direction of Ethan Phillips, with a public reading, by the Echo Theater Company of Los Angeles.

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