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 in Drama
Recently revived at New York's Circle in the Square, where Philip 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 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.