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True West 2010 Last Modified: Monday, October 04, 2010

True West
by Sam Shepard
Directed by Chris Powers
Mature Content - Language

August 2010
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Program Description:

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 Western tale.

"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.

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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.

Published by Samuel French.

Asst. Dir./Stage Manager Sarah Burns The Set Joshua Williams as Lee

Chris Powers as Austin
Role Actor
Lee: Joshua Williams
Austin: Chris Powers
Saul: Barry Benning
Mom: Barbara Morgan
Our Crew
Producer: Chris Powers
Director: Chris Powers
Asst. Director/Stage Manager: Sarah Burns
Assistant Stage Manager: Jennifer Goff
Set Design: Josh Ledbetter
Lighting Design: Steve Lawnick
Sound Design: Zak Powers
Set Construction: Josh Ledbetter
Chris Powers
Properties Master: Marissa Moyer
Props Assistant: Angel Anderson
Costume Design: Cast N. Crew
Light & Sound Operator: Zak Powers
Run Crew: Jennifer Goff
Marissa Moyer
Photography: Renee Burns
Webmaster: John Lukas
Barry Benning as Saul Barbara Morgan as Mom
Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
AETN, Arkansas Educational Television Network
KUAR 89.1 FM Little Rock Public Radio
KLRE Classical 90.5 FM Little Rock Public Radio
Hot Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau
Ouachita Life Magazine

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