True West

Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer finalist and Tony-nominated play “True West” is a Cain and Abel story of brotherly love and sibling rivalry set against the Dreams of the American West. Successful screenwriter Austin settles in to housesit his mother’s desert home to write his next screenplay, while his brother Lee, an alcoholic drifter, arrives to rob the neighborhood. A hysterically twisted story unfolds as the estranged brothers torment each other until they are forced to collaborate on a screenplay for Austin’s producer with the promise of a huge Hollywood payday. Ultimately reversing roles and finding themselves inside the other’s shoes, the two brothers discover that this town ‘aint big enough for the both of them …

Three Things to Know:

  1. True West was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1983.
  2. True West was produced by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1982, with then fairly unknown actors Gary Sinise (who also directed the production) and John Malkovich playing the leads. A television movie of the stage play, featuring Sinise and Malkovich, aired on American Playhouse in January 1984, and launched the careers of both Gary Sinise and John Malkovich. 
  3. Shepard wrote 44 plays and earned 10 Obie awards for writing and directing.

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