Monday, January 29, 2018, at 7:30 P.M.

True West

True WestSo what happens when Mom’s away and her two boys get to play? Well, first of all, they make a mess of her kitchen…acting like little kids instead of the grownups they are. Let’s just have playwright Sam Shepard explain what’s going on:

“TRUE WEST is a character study that examines the relationship between Austin, a screenwriter, and his older brother Lee. It is set in the kitchen of their Mother’s home 40 miles east of Los Angeles. Austin is house-sitting while their mother is in Alaska, and there he is confronted by his brother, who proceeds to bully his way into staying at the house and using Austin’s car.

In addition, the screenplay, which Austin is pitching to his connection in Hollywood, somehow gets taken over by the pushy con-man tactics of Lee, and the brothers find themselves forced to cooperate in the creation of a story that will make or break both their lives. In the process, the conflict between the brothers creates a heated situation in which their roles as successful family man and nomadic drifter are somehow reversed, and each man finds himself admitting that he had somehow always wished he were in the other’s shoes.

I wanted to write a play about double nature, one that wouldn’t be symbolic or metaphorical or any of that stuff. It’s a real thing, double nature. It’s not so cute. Not some little thing we can get over. It’s something we’ve got to live with.” (


“Scaldingly funny, the primal territory of family dysfunction, sly wit and feverish slapstick”  —VARIETY

“Shepard’s masterwork – it tells us a truth, as glimpsed by a 37-year old genius”  —NEW YORK POST

“It’s clear, funny, naturalistic…also opaque, terrifying, surrealistic”  —SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

True West …Shepard’s signature piece, the leanest, most pointed of his full-length works”  —20th CENTURY AMERICAN DRAMA

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