From Samuel French:
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 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
"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.
For more information about this production of True West,
From Sam Shepard:
I wanted to write a play about double nature, one that wouldn't be symbolic or metaphorical
or any of that stuff. I just wanted to give a taste of what it feels like to be two-sided. It's
a real thing, double nature. I think we're split in a much more devastating way then psychology
can ever reveal.