AMPAG, Melbourne Theatre Company Melbourne Theatre Company:True West

True West

Image Credits: Melbourne Theatre Company

August 2020

Thu 06 

Melbourne Theatre Company

Melbourne Theatre Company

Southbank Theatre The Summer



Josh McConville stars in a fiery new production of Sam Shepard’s masterwork, True West.

Austin is a young, ambitious screenwriter on the verge of his first big hit. He's taking sanctuary house-sitting for his mum at their family home in southern California, but the quiet of the desert is shattered by the unexpected arrival of Austin’s brother, Lee, a part-time thief and full-time hustler. When Lee embroils himself in Austin’s next film project, tensions quickly flare and brutal ambition gives rise to a deadly stand-off.

Everyone has a breaking point and some relationships are made to push our buttons. In his darkly witty masterpiece of modern theatre, Pulitzer Prize-winning writerSam Shepard creates the perfect powder-keg of sibling rivalry to explore the troubled heart of American history.

True Westis a searing portrait of blood brothers – polar opposites, inextricably linked, whose savage relationship embodies their country’s pent-up resentments. This fiery new production is directed by MTC Associate Artistic DirectorSarah Goodes (A Doll's House, Part 2), starring Josh McConville (Golden Shield). 

By special arrangement with Music Theatre International (Australasia) on behalf of Josef Weinberger Ltd.