One of the plays that first announced Sam Shepard as an original voice in American theater, "Tooth of Crime "is his thrillingly innovative rock drama, published here in a revised edition that is as fresh and provocative as the original was more than thirty years ago.
An aging rock star in a world in which entertainment and street warfare go hand in hand, Hoss must defend himself against Crow, a newcomer who battles him for fame. Combining musical styles and intense dialogue in an unconventional musical-fantasy, "Tooth of Crime "riffs brilliantly on rising stars and fading legends, and rock lived and died for.
About the Author
Chad Hammett teaches at Texas State University-San Marcos, from which he received an M.F.A. in fiction.
“Brilliant. . . . By far Mr. Shepard’s best play.” –The Wall Street Journal
“A fascinating, even brilliant work. . . . It is bracingly insightful on the ephemerality and corrupting powers of stardom. . . . Few critics would deny its electricity and imagination on the page.” –The New York Times
“Marvelously evocative. . . . Direct and immediate. . . . A simple allegory of fame American-style. . . . It packs a potent punch not readily forgotten.” –New York Post