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By Karen Zacarías
Adapted from the novel by Jack Schaefer 
Directed by Blake Robison
Co-production with the Guthrie Theater


Not Currently Playing
Rouse Theatre

About the World Premiere

One of the greatest Westerns of all time finds new life on the stage! Shane, a mysterious ex-gunfighter, is a man with a dangerous past. Yet, the Starrett family finds kinship with him, and Shane helps protect their Wyoming farm in 1889. Their story sheds new light on the allure, myths and values of the Wild West — a chapter in history that still has many tales to tell. Based on the classic novel by Jack Schaefer, this world premiere by acclaimed playwright Karen Zacarías brings an exciting, fresh perspective to an extraordinary American genre.

Content Advisory

Shane is suitable for ages 11 and up. In this fresh perspective on a classic Western, a mysterious ex-gunfighter embarks on a journey containing cowboys, gun violence and saloon showdowns.

Running Time

The show runs approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.

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You can view the Digital Program now online

Digital Program


Cowboys: A History

By the end of the 1800s, about a quarter of all cowboys and farmhands were Black and an even larger percentage were of Mexican descent. Although the contributions of these cowboys of color are not widely known, some of them have become legends in their own right.

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Juan Arturo (he/him)

Older Bob/Bobby Starrett

Ricardo Chavira (he/him)

Joe Starrett

William DeMeritt (he/him)


Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey (she/her)

Marian Starrett

Grant Goodman (he/him)

Stark Wilson/Ernie Wright

Terry Hempleman (he/him)

Jake Ledyard/Sam Grafton

Shayna Jackson (she/her)

Winona Stephens

Bill McCallum (he/him)

Luke Fletcher

Mikell Sapp (he/him)

Chris Johnson

Tommy Thams (he/him)


Christopher Wells (he/him)


Karen Zacarías (she/ella)


Blake Robison (he/him)


Lex Liang (he/him)

Set Designer

Trevor Bowen (he/him)

Costume Designer

Pablo Santiago (he/him)

Lighting Designer

Matthew M. Nielson (he/him)

Sound Designer and Composer

Jocelyn Clarke (he/him)


Vanessa Severo (she/her)

Movement Director

Rick Sordelet (he/him)

Fight Director

Christian Kelly-Sordelet

Fight Director

Stephanie Klapper, CSA (she/her)

Casting Director

Brandon T. Holmes (he/him)

Stage Manager

Mary Kathryn Flynt (she/her)

Assistant Stage Manager

Guthrie Theater





Photo of William DeMeritt by ClintonBPhotography.

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