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    Set at midnight on a run-down farm in present-day West Texas, where rage and violence are common occurrences, COCKFIGHTERS explores the aftermath of a brutal murder. While it's immediately known who's been murdered (17-year-old Shirl Fowler), the reasons behind it and the identity of the guilty party are less clear. Shirl's older brother CD thinks he knows who did it and goes after his sister?s boyfriend Rye with a shotgun in hand and revenge in his heart. However, the town sheriff thinks differently and heads for a meeting with Dwight, CD's father, in a desperate attempt to avert bloodshed. This mee ting takes place where Dwight holds illegal cockfights for his neighbors. While the sheriff presents a plausible suggestion for what actually happened, one can't overlookthe fact he's also Rye?s uncle, which may call into question the scenario he's presenting. As the story unfolds, told with overlapping action and dialogue, it becomes impossible to tell who is lying and who is not, and with tensions increasing, a brutal ending seems all but assured. However, amidst the twists and revelations, the truth might just be found in an unlikely source: Dwight's other son Clarence, a mentally-challenged teen with the intellect of a six year old. Innocent as he may be to the ways of the world, Clarence has been instilled with an instinct for fair play and no matter if the combatants are roosters, men, or family — the rules are the same.

    Dates:  Jan. 24, 2003 - Feb. 23, 2003
    Schedule:  Jan. 24, 25, Feb. 1, 3, 12, 13, 19, 20, 22 at 8 p.m., Feb. 2, 9, 23 at 7 p.m.
    Venue:  Jan Hus Playhouse, 351 East 74th St.
    Price:  $15, std/sen $13
    Tickets/info:  (212) 560-2241

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