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True West
August 2 August 27
A cornerstone of modern American theatre

Austin is a straitlaced screenwriter on the verge of selling his next script. His brother Lee is a blustering drifter just back from three months in the Mojave desert. When Lee charms his way into Austin’s movie deal, they begin to transform into each other in a conflict that crescendos into chaos. A finalist for the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, True West is a wry exploration of duality, masculinity, and the mythos of the American west.

Recommended for ages 14+

August 2-August 27, 2023 By Sam Shepard Directed by Desdemona Chiang Leonard C. Haas Stage
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Cast and Creative Team
Sam Shepard
Desdemona Chiang
Mikiko Susuki MacAdams
Scenic Designer
Sara Ryung Clement
Costume Designer
Wen-Ling Liao
Lighting Designer
Andre Pluess
Sound Designer
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Relaxed Performance

Relaxed Performances offer a judgment-free environment that invites individuals with autism, ADD, ADHD, dementia, and other sensory sensitivities to enjoy theatre in a relaxed, “shush-free” zone—a great option for parents with young children, too. For each Relaxed Performance, we offer a pre-show Sensory Tour, during which patrons are able to enter the theatre space, view the set and props, and ask questions. This RP features ASL interpretation.

Friday, August 18 at 7:30pm

Open Captioning

During every performance this week, dialogue appears on an LED screen placed near the stage to benefit patrons with hearing impairments, as well as English language learners.

August 22–27

Audio Description

Headsets provide commentary on the visual aspects of a performance. This supplemental narration interweaves with the real-time, spoken dialogue.

Sunday, August 20 at 2pm

ASL Interpretation

This performance features American Sign Language interpretation provided by Hands UP Productions. This is also a Relaxed Performance.

Friday, August 18 at 7:30pm

Smart Caption Glasses

Our Smart Caption Glasses offer immersive, real-time captioning for live theatre. These revolutionary glasses display a synchronized transcript of the play directly on the lenses, and are customizable for your comfort.

Glasses are available to reserve for select performances of True West

August 15–27


Access Night

To expand access to our work, we offer 50%-off Access Nights throughout the season. The discount is automatic for this performance, no promo code required.

Friday, August 4 at 7:30pm
Tuesday, August 22 at 7:30pm