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True West

by Sam Shepard

True West Poster

Directed by Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson

  • February 24-26, and March 1-3, 2012
  • 7:30PM, Sunday at 2PM
  • The Studio Theatre, Public Affairs Center (PAC) Level 1, UIS Campus
  • Photo Gallery

Play Description


Full Length Play

3 men, 1 woman, 4 total


TRUE WEST explores the challenging and volatile relationship between brothers Austin and Lee. Austin is an aspiring screenwriter, Lee an unsavory drifter. Austin’s attempt at creating his own screenplay to pitch to a Hollywood producer gets undermined by Lee’s con-man tactics, and the two brothers find themselves in a battle of wills with high stakes. In this “Faculty Showcase” production, the role of Lee will be played by Associate Professor of Theatre Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson.

“Shepard’s masterwork…. It tells us a truth, as glimpsed by a 37 year old genius.”–New York Post.

“It’s clear, funny naturalistic. It’s also opaque, terrifying, surrealistic. If that sounds contradictory, you’re on to one aspect of Shepard’s winning genius; the ability to make you think you’re watching one thing while at the same time he’s presenting another.”–San Francisco Chronicle.

Leadership lived


University of Illinois Springfield
One University Plaza
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407



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