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True West

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Sam  Shepard

Recently revived at New York's Circle in the Square, where Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly alternated playing the roles of the brothers, this American classic explores alternatives that might spring from the demented terrain of the California landscape. Sons of a desert-dwelling alcoholic and a suburban wanderer seeking meaning in Alaska and Picasso clash over a film script. Austin, the achiever, is a college graduate and a professional screenwriter. He is staying at Mom's near Los Angeles (instead of home with his own family) to work on a script he has sold to producer Sal Kimmer. Lee, a demented, desert-dwelling petty thief, drops in. He pitches his own idea for a movie to Kimmer, who then wants Austin to junk his bleak, modem day California love story and write Lee's archetypal-and trashy-westem tale. "Surely Shepard's masterwork. . . . It tells us a truth, as glimpsed by a 37-year old genius."-N.Y. Post. "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; the ability to make you think you're watching one thing while at the same time he's presenting another."-S.F. Chronicle. "Superb exploration of the contradictions and promises of American life."-Palo Alto Times Tribune.

Play Details:
Genre(s): Comedy
Time Period(s): Contemporary 1950 -1990
Play Type: Play
Runtime: Not Available
Acts: Not Available
Set Complexity: Average
Set Information: Not Available
Year First Published: Not Available
Total Characters: 4
Male Characters: 3
Female Characters: 1
Androgynous Characters:Not Available
Minimum Cast: Not Available
Maximum Cast: Not Available
Cost: $6.00 (Royalty $50-$40)
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Publisher: Samuel French
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ISBN: Not Available

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