Cowboy Mouth

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Cowboy Mouth is a one act play by Sam Shepard [1] and Patti Smith [2].

The original text

Premiered at The American Place Theatre, New York City in 1971.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans entitled Heiland by Birrie le Roux, produced at the Woordfees 2013.

Performance history in South Africa

1980: Director Sam Shepard (this is probably a mistake, since no evidence could be found that he ever visited South Africa). Cast members including Jeremy Crutchley, Michele Maxwell, Mkhosi "Eddie" McAndi at the Market Theatre. Another source states that Charles Comyn was the director.

1980: Produced and directed by Neil McCarthy at the People's Space in November in a double bill with Red Cross, with Bryony Mortimer, Gary Carter, Natalie Gamsu, Dawid Minnaar and Megan Kruskal.

1991: This play was the debut production of the Makeshift Moon Theatre Company presented at the National Arts Festival, 1991, directed by Ashraf Jamal, starring Tim Greene, Rosalind Butler and Neil Cave.

2011: Produced by The Mechanicals (Cape Times 15 Feb 2011).


Wikipedia [3].

Market Theatre Foundation material held by Historical Papers Research Archive, University of the Witwatersrand, [4] (re Market Theatre production, 1980).

Supplement to Cape Argus, 19 November 1980.

National Arts Festival programme, 1991. 161.

Vrye Weekblad 12-18 July 1991.

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