Angel City

Dir. Gary Grant

Dir. Gary Grant

Rabbit is a cowboy with a reputation for helping men in Hollywood with the movie business. However, when he is summoned to futuristic Los Angeles to write a script for a disaster movie, he is forced to confront his inner demons and is sucked into the show business machine. One of the overarching themes of this play is the danger of allowing Hollywood and the world of movies to define us, and the corruption that power brings.

Production Notes

Two-act play with music.
First production: Magic Th., San Francisco, 2 July 1976 (dir. Shepard; with music by Bob Feldman).
First New York Production: Second Company of the Williamstown Th. Festival, Playwrights Horizons, 21 Oct. 1977.
First London production: New End Th., 23 Sept. 1983 (dir. Adrian Jackson).
Revived: Theatre Genesis, 1978; Wonderhorse Th., 1982; La Mama 1984.

Bibliography: Primary Sources

Shepard, Sam. Angel City and Other Plays. New York: Urizen, 1976. Print.

—. Angel City, Curse of the Starving Class, and Other Plays. New York: Urizen, 1976. Print.

—. Angel City & Other Plays. London: Faber and Faber, 1978. Print.

—. Angel City & Other Plays. New York: Urizen, 1978. Print.

—. Angel City, Curse of the Starving Class & Other Plays. New York: Applause, 1981. Print.

—. Angel City & Other Plays. Vancouver: Talon, 1983. Print.

—. Angel City & Other Plays. New York: Continuum, 1983. Print.

—. Fool for Love and Other Plays. Toronto: Bantam, 1984. Print.

—, and Patti Smith. Angel City, Curse of the Starving Class, & Other Plays. New York: Urizen, 1981. Print.

Bibliography: Secondary Sources

Aaron, J. “”Angel City,” “Curse of the Starving Class,” and Other Plays.” Educational Theatre Journal (1977): 415-16. Print.

Berman, Paul. “Shepardsets.” Nation. 1984 Dec. 29; 724.

Bryant, Paula Sue. Two Shepard Plays: A Dialogics of Saints and Outlaws. Thesis. San Diego State University, 1987. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

Fennel, Patrick J. “Angel City.” Educational Theatre Journal (1977): 112-13. Print.

Gelber, Jack. “The Playwright As Shaman.” Introduction. Angel City and Other Plays. By Sam Shepard. New York: Urizen Books, 1973. n. pag. Print.

Graham, Chuck. “‘Angel City’ Shows the Insight, Brilliance of Sam Shepard.” Rev. of Angel CityThe Tuscon Citizen 6 Sept. 1996: n. pag. Print.

Gussow, Mel. “Angel City.” Rev. of Angel CityNew York Times 22 Nov. 1984: n. pag. Print.

Gussow, Mel. “Shepard’s Prophetic “Beast” Retains Its Comedic Bite.” Rev. of Angel CityNew York Times 16 Dec. 1984: n. pag. Print.

Kessler, Karen Leann. Angel City: A Director’s Process. Thesis. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1988. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

Koehler, Robert. “Angel City.” Rev. of Angel CityLos Angeles Times 5 Aug. 1983: n. pag. Print.

Marranca, Bonnie. “Books in Review.” Performing Arts Journal (1977): n. pag. Print.

Paul, Graham Hunt. An Analysis and Production Book of Angel City by Sam Shepard. Thesis. Tulane University, 1985. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

Rabillard, Sheila. “Shepard’s Challenge to the Modernist Myths of Origin and Originality: Angel City and True West.” Rereading Shepard: Contemporary Critical Essays on the Plays of Sam Shepard. By Leonard Wilcox. New York, NY: St. Martin’s, 1993. N. pag. Print.

Rosen, Carol. “Sam Shepard’s Angel City: A Movie for the Stage.” Modern Drama 22.1 (1979): 39–46. Print.

“Shepard Play Set to Open.” New York Times 2 Jan. 1982: 12. Print.

Wilcox, Leonard. West’s The Day of the Locust and Shepard’s Angel City: Refiguring L.A. Noir. N.p.: Modern Drama, 1993. Print.

Image Gallery
Bucknell production

Dir. Gary Grant