Time Period - Contemporary, 1980s
Settings Of Play - A kitchen and adjoining alcove in a suburb forty miles outside of Los Angeles.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Alcohol, Strong Language
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Pulitzer, From Broadway, From Off-Broadway
Finalist! 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
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 clash over a film script. Austin, the achiever, is working on a script he has sold to producer Sal Kimmer when Lee, a demented petty thief, drops in. He pitches his own idea for a movie to Kimmer, who then wants Austin to junk his bleak, modern love story and write Lee's trashy Western tale.
"True West has [...] arguably become Shepard's signature piece, the leanest, most pointed of his full-length works." - David Krasner, A Companion to Twentieth Century American Drama.
"Shepard's masterwork [...] It tells us a truth, as glimpsed by a 37-year-old genius." - New York 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." - San Francisco Chronicle
True West premiered at the Magic Theatre in San Franciso on July 10, 1980.