TRUE WEST BYSAMSHEPARD
APR - MAY 2019 In suburban California, estranged brothers Austin and Lee reunite unexpectedly in their mother’s home. Austin, a family man and budding screenwriter, is at work on a new script. Lee, a drifter with a plan to rob the neighborhood of household appliances, drops in and stays. Soon he is pitching his own idea for a trashy Western to Austin’s Hollywood agent . . . and the battle is on. Challenges are issued, drinks are downed, and the seemingly opposite brothers ﬁnd they are more alike than they want to admit. Brutal and hilarious, this modern-day Cain and Abel story tackles the absurdity of archetypal America head on.
It’s clear, funny, naturalistic. It’s also opaque, terrifying, surrealistic. If that sounds contradictory, you’re on to one aspect of Shepard’s winning genius.” – San Francisco Chronicle
A great American play, arguably Mr. Shepard’s finest.” – New York Times
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