‘True West’ spotlights dysfunctionality
By Ali Williams
Two brothers, sons of an absentee father and abusive mother, are at odds in Sam Shepard’s play, “True West.”
Performances will be held in the Black Box Theatre on Feb. 21-22, and Feb. 28-29. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students.
The cast includes Daryth Lennox as Austin, Wyatt Wesley as Lee, Gabe Weeks as Saul and Priscilla Raven as Mom.
“True West,” directed by John Lennox, involves the relationship between two brothers: one successful and one a petty thief.
The successful son, Austin, is writing a script he sold to a producer, named Saul Kimmer. However, Lee comes back to town after being away for a long time, and pitches Kimmer a script idea that is chosen over Austin’s, causing more tension between the two brothers.
Weeks’ character, a Hollywood movie producer, brings the tension to the show due to choosing Lee’s script idea over Austin’s, despite promising Austin he would produce his script.
Weeks, who has been at LCC for two years, said Kimmer chooses Lee’s script due to losing a bet.
LCC freshman Raven, 31, plays Mom, who is one of the reasons the two brothers have problems. Austin is the favorite child, while Lee is the problem child, according to Raven.
“I think that Mom is very disconnected,” Raven said. “Austin is the favorite child … and when Lee finds this out I think he’s really hurt and upset by it and I think he takes it out on Austin.”
“True West” is the first main stage show for Wesley. He commented on how it was hard playing a character who is the complete opposite of him.
“It’s hard to grasp, specifically, what he wants,” Wesley, 19, said. “He’s this big, rugged thief who steals things, he had a dog that was in dog fights … and he’s been living in the desert for three months.”
The performance on Saturday, Feb. 29 will have interpreters on stage from LCC’s Sign Language Interpreter program. To buy tickets and to learn more about the LCC performing arts, visit www.lcc.edu/showinfo.