Black Ribbon Theater Presents Shepard & Smiths COWBOY MOUTH, July 5-15, 2013

CowboyMouth (1)Black Ribbon Theater is excited to announce its premiere of Cowboy Mouth by Sam Shepard and Patti Smith.  Cowboy Mouth will be performed at the Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N. Southport Ave, Chicago, IL) July 5-July 14, 2013. Thursday- Saturday performances are at 8:00pm; Sunday performances are at 7:30 pm.   General Admission tickets are $21.   A complete performance schedule including dates, times, and ticket prices appears at the end of this release.

Cowboy Mouth was written by Sam Shepard and Patti Smith over the course of several days, locked in a room of the infamous Chelsea Hotel.  Black Ribbon Theater dives into the lives of two lost souls looking for salvation. The language, imbued with a raw poetry and nostalgia, aptly guides us through an exploration of music’s place in storytelling, spirituality, and human expression. We end the evening with a full rock band playing original music by Matt Kahler.  These rock compositions are set to the poetry of Patti Smith celebrating the work of two of our most influence artists from the late 1960’s.

The cast of Cowboy Mouth includes Amy Geist as Cavale, John Wehrman as Slim, Jovan King as Lobsterman, and Travis Barnhart who is understudying Slim and will be going on 7/12.  The band of Cowboy Mouth is Amy Geist on Vocals, John Wehrman on Lead Guitar, Chris Yearwood on Keyboard, Gabrielle Cauchon on Bass Guitar, and Keith Tenbush on Drums.  Production team includes Producers Moira Begale and Amy Geist, Director Anthony Demarco, Stage Manager Ally Wetz, Band Director Chris Yearwood, Composer Matt Kahler, Costume Design Raquel Adorno and Technical Director Lewis Long.

Director Anthony Demarco is thrilled to be making his Chicago directorial debut with such an amazing group of artists and with such an inspiring text.  He’s worked around town in a number of different capacities with groups such as Strawdog Theatre, Mary Arrchie Theatre, Lights Out Theatre, New Beast Theater Works, Seneachai Theatre, and The Nine.  He states that, “The essential action of the play, like many plays, centers on personal alienation, the distance between individuals, and how we can possibly overcome those gaps.”

Performance Schedule:


Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 7:30pm

General Admission: $21

Athenaeum Theatre Box Office – (773) 935-6875

About Black Ribbon Theater:

Black Ribbon Theater is a small partnership of people passionate about creative collaboration. We are dedicated to working in a generous, receptive, and respectful environment, and these are principles we practice in rehearsal and performance. We take the dedication of our artists’ time seriously and believe only through creation together can our work transcend. We hope to share these beliefs as well as an amazing theatrical experience with you, as you help us complete the creative process!