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True West is a play by American playwright Sam Shepard.. Some critics consider it the third of a Family Trilogy which includes Curse of the Starving Class (1976) and Buried Child (1979). Others consider it part of a quintet which includes Fool for Love (1983) and A Lie of the Mind (1985).. True West was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1983.


Austin, a neatly dressed screenwriter, house-sits for his mother in southern California while working on a screenplay. His brother, Lee, a scruffy drunk, arrives to the house and pesters Austin. Lee is not there for house-sitting, however, but for stealing. Lee's only interest at first is to rob the houses in his mother's neighborhood of ...


“True West” by Sam Shepard tells the story of two brothers living very different lives. As the play progresses, the upstanding screenplay writer and the nomadic thief attempt to live the other’s life. The play premiered at Magic Theatre in San Francisco, California in 1980. As the play opens, brothers Austin and Lee are at their mother ...


The Broadway première of Sam Shepard’s acclaimed 1980 play, “True West,” in 2000, was astonishing for several reasons. For one, by 2000, Shepard—who had brought his cowboy swagger ...


True West, drama in two acts by Sam Shepard, produced in 1980 and published in 1981. The play concerns the struggle for power between two brothers—Lee, a drifter and petty thief, and Austin, a successful screenwriter—while they collaborate on a screenplay in their mother’s southern California home.


Although the Cain-and-Abel style of sibling rivalry this play focuses on is admirable, "True West" is another Sam Shepard drama that perplexes much more than enlightens. (Although as far as Bible stories goes, perhaps it's more like the prodigal son and a really annoyed younger brother.)


“True West” is a neverending battle of sibling rivalry and identity theft. Austin is supposed to be the creative one, but Lee is the one who dreams up the story idea that Hollywood producer ...


Sam Shepard’s wild West just got a lot scarier. I’m talking about that shadowy, shifting desertscape occupied so disharmoniously by the two brothers of Shepard’s 1980 masterwork, “True ...


The Old West vs. the New West. The old West versus the new West is not a topic meant for historical debate, but a no holds barred fight to the death. Austin is the representative of the order created by the suburban new West while Lee is the representative of the desert old West and the chaos it represents.


If True West is, at least on one level, the dark side or the animal side of human nature, violence can't help but be a major part of the play. At the center of the show are two men who, step by step, abandon any societal rules that most people live by.