A solitary man digs a hole in the ground, near a dead horse. Amidst the clutter of food and equipment stands Hobart Struther, who has ridden all the way out to the middle of nowhere on a holy mission. But one day into his "Great Sojourn," things are looking bleak. His horse has choked to death, he's miles away from civilization, and there's not a person around to talk to - other than himself. As Hobart examines his rise -- how he built a vast art collection while ensconced in a comfortable Park Avenue lifestyle -- he digs deep into his own history, unearthing truths about his past while still struggling to find the answers he needs. With Shepard's linguistic flair, subtle humor, and probing insights, "Kicking a Dead Horse" is an invigorating addition to the works of one of America's most innovative playwrights.
About the Author
Chad Hammett teaches at Texas State University-San Marcos, from which he received an M.F.A. in fiction.
Stephen Rea is a freelance writer who has contributed to national and international newspapers, magazines, and Web sites for more than twenty years. He has worked for the Sun in the United Kingdom, as well as regional newspapers in the news, features, sports, and entertainment departments. He lives with his wife and daughter in New Orleans, Louisiana.
“Classic Shepard, rueful and paradoxic. . . . Highly entertaining.” —Sunday Independent“Witty. . . . the writing is razor sharp.” —Irish Independent“Bold. . . . Kicking a dead horse he may be, but it never feels as though Shepard is flogging it.” —Irish Times