Duke Durgens has written a song that is "the number one hit tune in the world", and now his manager Floyd has him cooped up in a room decorated with posters of Bob Dylan and Robert Goulet (with their eyes scratched out) under strict orders to write a follow-up. To get into the right mood for a new song, Duke has his girlfriend Dana cut his very long hair until it's very short. Duke's brother Drake and his partner Cisco arrive, and under duress Duke admits that it was Drake who wrote his hit song, "Prisones, Get Up Out a' Your Homemade Beds." When Duke's manager Floyd hears this, he tries to force Drake and Cisco to write a new song. [Don Shewey]

Performance History
One-act play.
La Mama ETC, NY:  May 18, 1967. Directed and music by Tom O'Horgan.
Revived: La Mama, NY: January 25, 1968. Directed and music by Tom O'Horgan.
Revived: La Mama, NY: June 1971. Directed and music by Seth Allen.
First London production: La Mama European tour, Mercury Theatre, September 11, 1967.

Village Voice critic Ross Wetzsteon wrote, "There is not the slightest doubt in my mind that Sam Shepard is the most important living American playwright".

Clive Barnes, NY Times:
"Mr. Shepard is as much concerned with being melodramatic as with being playful...Mr.. Shepard is a playwright who gives the comforting impression of always knowing what he is doing. You may not especially like it, and this work started to bore me as soon as I realized how stylishly this creation of a form was going to be brought off... In sum, this is not one of Mr. Shepard's most ambitious or most successful works - but as with everything he does, it has some measure of distinction."

Five Plays; Fool for Love and Other Plays.

Won an Obie Award.