True West – By Sam Shepherd
True West – By Sam Shepard
True West is a phenomenal piece of American text written by Sam Shepard who is arguably one of the best playwrights of our time. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1983, True West follows the relationship of estranged brothers Austin and Lee as they descend into a competitive struggle, fueled by the desire to dominate one another. Austin, a screenwriter, is charged with house sitting for Mom whilst she is away in Alaska. His brother Lee, a wanderer who steals and extorts his way through existence, shows up unannounced after a 5-year hiatus. When Lee threatens Austin’s big break by striking up a deal with producer Saul, the brothers spiral out of control as they lose their grip on what defines them.
The team is headed up by director Alice Darling (2014 graduate directors program, Red Stitch) and she has surrounded herself with a very exciting design team including set and costume designer Jacob Battista (MTC, Opera Australia, The Production Company), Green Room Award nominated lighting designer, Clare Springett (Red Stitch) and newcomers Justin Gardam and Marlon Grunden on sound design and composition respectively.
Matchstick Theatre's production of True West receives funds from Creative Partners Australia through The Australian Cultural Fund and is a recipient of the Ballarat Arts Foundation funding grant.
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