TRUE WEST

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Fri Aug 23, 8:00pm
Sat Aug 24, 8:00pm
Fri Aug 30, 8:00pm
Sat Aug 31, 8:00pm

Vs. Theatre Company
Presents an American Classic!
TRUE WEST
Written by Sam Shepard
Directed by Scott Cummins

Limited Engagement Opens Friday, July 26
at Vs. Theatre in Los Angeles!

Vs. Theatre Company presents Sam Shepard’s masterpiece TRUE WEST, directed by Scott Cummins (Killer Joe, Bug). TRUE WEST will open on Friday, July 26 at 8pm and will perform through Saturday, August 31 at Vs. Theatre, 5453 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles.

Lee and Austin are two estranged brothers who reunite at their mother's empty house in suburban California. Sparks fly and passions rage in this American classic from one of our greatest playwrights.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST
SAM SHEPARD (Playwright) His first New York plays, Cowboys and The Rock Garden, were produced by Theatre Genesis in 1963. For several seasons, he worked with off-off-Broadway theatre groups including La MaMa and Caffe Cino. Eleven of his plays won Obie Awards, including Chicago, The Tooth of the Crime, and Curse of the Starving Class. Other award-winning plays include Fool for Love, True West, A Lie of the Mind and Buried Child, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1979.

In 1986, Shepard was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters and received the Gold Medal for Drama from the Academy in 1992. He was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame two years later. As a writer and director, he filmed Far North and Silent Tongue. As an actor, he appeared in numerous films, including The Right Stuff, Days of Heaven and Resurrection. His final works of prose, The One Inside and Spy of the First Person, were published in 2017, the year of his death.
SCOTT CUMMINS (Director) has directed, acted and choreographed fights professionally for more than 25 years. He has worked at such places as The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, The Writers’ Theatre, Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre, The Irish Theatre Company of Chicago, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, The Odyssey Theatre, The Road Theatre Company, Illinois Shakespeare Festival and Strawdog Theatre, to name a few. Scott has an MFA from Northwestern and a BFA from University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign. He has received acclaim and several awards for his work, including a Jeff Award and a Jeff Citation for acting, a Jeff Citation for his fights, an After Dark Award and an Ovation for his direction. Scott is currently a Lecturer at San Jose State University.
The Cast of TRUE WEST features: Johnny Clark, Carole Goldman, Andrew Hawkes and David Starzyk.
TRUE WEST has assembled an award-winning design team; Scenic Design by Danny Cistone, Lighting Design by Derrick McDaniel, Costume Design by Gelareh Khalioun, Sound Design by Lindsay Jones, Violence Design by Ned Mochel, Samantha Ramsey is the Production Stage Manager.

SCHEDULE AND PRICING

TRUE WEST will open on Friday, July 26 at 8pm and run through Saturday, August 31 at Vs. Theatre, 5453 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles.

Performances are Fridays & Saturday at 8pm. There will be no late seating.

All tickets are $20.00 (General Seating). To purchase tickets, https://vstruewest.brownpapertickets.com or for more information, please visit
ww.vstheatre.org.

Reviews

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"TRUE WEST is truly an acting dream for leads Clark and Hawkes, and they take full advantage of the opportunity. With gripping intensity, they run the gamut of emotions – as well as the gamut of physicality – as the tale progresses. Cameo performances by Goldman and Starzyk are right on the money. Director Scott Cummins takes full advantage of the powerful play and talented cast as he leads the brothers from apathy and fear to full-out aggression with the able assistance of violence designer Ned Mochel. "

sweet - Elaine Mura - Splash Magazines - ...read full review


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"One can easily look at the play and view it from an impossible angle. For some reason I found myself thinking that Austin and Lee are the same man. It’s not far fetched thinking. This is Sam Sheppard. The night sent me away discovering a unique perspective, and one that would excite my overactive imagination."

sweet - Joe Straw - Joe Straw #9 - ...read full review


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"Shepard is as skillful at writing as the Flying Wallendas are at executing highwire acts fraught with peril, and after the intermission the playwright pulls a second act switcheroo that I didn’t see coming. True West is an acerbic rumination on the movie biz, but beneath that Shepard rips the layers back, revealing the downward trajectories that dysfunctional funky families can propel the children they spawn on. Although Lee and Austin’s father never appears onstage, the haunted memories of him they recount are truly harrowing. One can only wonder what misery little Sam must have experienced growing up..."

sweet - Ed Rampell - Hollywood Progressive - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman
"Both Clark and Hawkes establish solid personas in the first act: Clark’s polite, cautious and controlled screenwriter, a man who’s pulled himself up to the middle class and now treats his brother almost as a social worker might treat a volatile client, and Hawke’s lurking timebomb of an itinerant, aware of his power to instill fear and quite prepared to decimate at any time."

sweet - Deborah Klugman - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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"TRUE WEST is truly an acting dream for leads Clark and Hawkes, and they take full advantage of the opportunity. With gripping intensity, they run the gamut of emotions – as well as the gamut of physicality – as the tale progresses. Cameo performances by Goldman and Starzyk are right on the money. Director Scott Cummins takes full advantage of the powerful play and talented cast as he leads the brothers from apathy and fear to full-out aggression with the able assistance of violence designer Ned Mochel. "

sweet - Elaine Mura - Splash Magazines - ...read full review


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"One can easily look at the play and view it from an impossible angle. For some reason I found myself thinking that Austin and Lee are the same man. It’s not far fetched thinking. This is Sam Sheppard. The night sent me away discovering a unique perspective, and one that would excite my overactive imagination."

sweet - Joe Straw - Joe Straw #9 - ...read full review


Avatar
"Shepard is as skillful at writing as the Flying Wallendas are at executing highwire acts fraught with peril, and after the intermission the playwright pulls a second act switcheroo that I didn’t see coming. True West is an acerbic rumination on the movie biz, but beneath that Shepard rips the layers back, revealing the downward trajectories that dysfunctional funky families can propel the children they spawn on. Although Lee and Austin’s father never appears onstage, the haunted memories of him they recount are truly harrowing. One can only wonder what misery little Sam must have experienced growing up..."

sweet - Ed Rampell - Hollywood Progressive - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman
"Both Clark and Hawkes establish solid personas in the first act: Clark’s polite, cautious and controlled screenwriter, a man who’s pulled himself up to the middle class and now treats his brother almost as a social worker might treat a volatile client, and Hawke’s lurking timebomb of an itinerant, aware of his power to instill fear and quite prepared to decimate at any time."

sweet - Deborah Klugman - Stage Raw - ...read full review