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The Brightest Lights on Broadway: Sam Rockwell

Why the actor’s turn in Fool For Love is like “catching lightning in a bottle”

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When Sam Rockwell first performed Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize–nominated Fool for Love at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2014, he had more than just lines to learn. “I’ve done two Western movies, and I could’ve learned to lasso then and didn’t,” he says. “I’m still kicking myself.” Now that the show—rope tricks intact—is headed to Broadway, director Daniel Aukin is elated his production will have a second life. “Having actors like Sam and [co-star] Nina Arianda in these roles feels like catching lightning in a bottle,” he says. “It’s amazing we get to come back to it.”

Rockwell, left, wears shirt and jacket by Burberry Prorsum