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True West

True West
Author: Sam Shepard
ISBN 13: 9780573617287
ISBN 10: 573617287
Edition: Samuel French Acting ed.
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
Publication Date: 1981-06
Format: Paperback
Pages: 71
List Price: $10.95

Comedy / 3m, 1f / Int.

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