Congratulations to Dr. Kass Fleisher and Dr. Joe Amato. The first staged reading by New Route Theatre at the Eaton Gallery of their play Fat Jack's was the subject of a feature article in the November 10 edition of the ISU Daily Vidette.
"Actor and playwright Sam Shepard was arrested for speeding and driving under the influence at about 2:00 a.m. on January 2, 2009, in Normal, Illinois. Traveling with him in his 2007 Chevy Tahoe was a poodle. He had stopped for the night in the Twin Cities of Bloomington-Normal while journeying from the home of his partner, Jessica Lange, in Minnesota, to his residence in Kentucky. He’d left Fat Jack’s, where he’d previously autographed a bottle of Woodford Reserve, and was on his way to the Best Western in Normal. He was pulled over by the Normal Police, one of the largest per-capita police forces in Illinois, in a town that had at the time been subjected to an inordinate number of bank robberies. According to local reports, Shepard had visited the bar several times in the past after befriending a bartender. Aside from these facts, everything in this work is a fiction. Any resemblance to real persons is coincidental." Authors' Notes, Kass Fleisher and Joe Amato.