From a blog entry, from a poem presented on September 26, 2011, a new poem, somewhat of a treatment/scenario for a short film, has recently emerged. Red Shuttleworth's September 26, 2011 is issued as a limited edition Bunchgrass Press chapbook.
Barrels in Babylon was written, in August of 1991 in Las Vegas by Red Shuttleworth, at the prompting of artist/barrel racer Mary Ann Bonjorni.
How much of Barrels in Babylon worked as-written is anybody's guess. It was performed by Mary Ann Bonjorni (with Red Shuttleworth) on August 31, 1991, in an arena at the S&S Horse Ranch north of Las Vegas, Nevada. Several hundred people... Mary Ann Bonjorni's friends, admirers, fans, and art groupies, filled the arena bleachers. There was a lot of bourbon to drink.
Barrels in Babylon was published in 1992 by Clockwatch Review(A Journal of the Arts), edited by James Plath at Illinois Wesleyan University. Barrels in Babylon, by Red Shuttleworth is now presented, with a few slight revisions, as a Bunchgrass Press limited edition chapbook:
Those interested in requesting a copy of Barrels in Babylon should correspond with Red Shuttleworth.
Red Shuttleworth wrote 62 Homers in 1992... when it seemed remotely possible that a Major League slugger could break Roger Maris' home run record... could slug 62 homers. The play was written in the innocent time before steroidal juicing became farcically common among professional and college baseball players. The play was soon to become a culturally pointless anachronism, but at the time....
So... 62 Homers (cast of two women, one young girl, and four men), set contemporaneously, is about a Colorado Rockies slugger, Pony Rivers, who chases the home run record... and tries to cope with the temptations and hazards of fame.
Red Shuttleworth (Assistant Baseball Coach, Big Bend C.C. Vikings)
and Luke Appling Shuttleworth (BatBoy, BBCC Vikings), March 1993
62 Homers received a measure of development and its first staged reading at the Utah Shakespearean Festival on August 12, 1993. The reading was directed by Rod Ceballos. Special thanks to USF's New Plays-in-Progress director, the late Doug Cook, and to the program's former dramaturg, Jerry L. Crawford.
The cast for the USF reading of 62 Homers featured:
Peter Massey...........................Pony Rivers
Jennifer Alexander..................Cloudburst Caldwell
John Oswald............................Charles Butterman
Larry Bull................................Turk Caldwell
Pistolero Rideaway (cast of three women and six men) is a retelling of the Kaspar Hauser legend. Kaspar, a sixteen year old boy found in the wilderness, journeys from innocence and the primal to the hazards of modernity.
Red Shuttleworth's Pistolero Rideaway was developed and received its first reading at Sundance Playwrights Lab in July of 1994. The reading was directed by Kathleen Dimmick. Quincy Long worked as dramaturg. Stephanie Fischer served as stage manager. The cast, with two actors in double-roles, featured:
The participants (playwrights, directors, actors, dramaturgs, stage managers, resource artists, and administrative staff) at Sundance Playwrights Lab 1994 were:
Mac Wellman, Red Shuttleworth, and Lynne Alvarez
Carlos Carrasco and Rochelle Newman
Sharon Washington, Susan Cash, Kathy Hiler, and Tyra Ferrell
David Kirk Chambers
Kathleen Dimmick and Quincy Long
Henry Leyva and Mikael Salazar
Adrienne and Linda Stiefel
... and Michael Alvarez, Len Berkman, John Cooper, Elizabeth Diggs, Jay Frank, Mary Gail, Jose Cruz Gonzalez, Bill Harley, Drew Scott Harris, Erika Herrmann, Heather Hogan, David Irving, Tom Jones, John-David Keller, Meredith Lavitt, Marcos Loya, Jayne Luke, Alma Martinez, Deena Metzger, Dwight Richard Odie, Marian Partee, Mark Reeves, Joel Rene, Richard Rice, Michael Roth, Harvey Schmidt, Vilma Silva, Michael Silversher, Karen Tenkhoff, Donna Ayako Tsufura, Susana Tubert, and Lois Vossen.
Red Shuttleworth wrote When It Goes Haywire (originally entitled What in the World's Come Over You?) when he was Playwright-in-Residence at the Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City, Utah, in the summer of 1999. The play received its first reading at USF on August 14, 2000. The reading was directed by Rod Ceballos and featured the following cast: Todd Denning, Heidi Ewart, Annie Wersching, Ross Dippel, John Oswald, and Aaron Serotsky.
Annie Wersching and Ross Dippel
rehearse What in the World's Come Over You?
at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, August 2000
With a new title, When It Goes Haywire, Red Shuttleworth's drama set in modern rural Utah (cast of two women, one girl infant, and four men), received its premiere on April 22, 2004 at the Foothill Theatre Company's historic Nevada Theater in Nevada City, California. The Artistic Director of the Foothill Theatre Company was Philip Sneed. The play was directed by Carolyn Howarth. It featured the following cast:
Tim Kniffin..............................Kevin Brooks
Alexandra Matthew.................Lora Carver
Jennifer Le Blanc.....................Emily Gibbs
Gary Alan Wright.....................Zealot Norwood
David Silberman, Red Shuttleworth, Ciara Shuttleworth, Jennifer Le Blanc,
Carolyn Howarth, Tim Kniffin, and Alexandra Matthew
Tim Kniffin, Alexandra Matthew, Red Shuttleworth, and Jennifer Le Blanc
Opening night: Red Shuttleworth, Sands Hall, and Philip Sneed
The script for Red Shuttleworth's When It Goes Haywire is only available to artistic directors (who are seriously interested in fully producing the play) at professional theatres. Those wishing to receive a copy of the script for When It Goes Haywire should send an email to Red Shuttleworth (email@example.com).