Artwork for True West

True West

December 27, 2018–March 17, 2019

American Airlines Theatre

Opposites attack in Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play about two brothers with more in common than they think.

Holed up in their mother’s California house, lowlife Lee (Ethan Hawke) and screenwriter Austin (Paul Dano) wrestle with big issues—and each other. Order vs. chaos. Art vs. commerce. Typewriter vs. toaster... Shepard’s rip-roaring classic returns to Broadway, gleefully detonating our misguided myths of family, identity and the American Dream.

Running time: 2 hours, including one 15-minute intermission.

First preview: December 27, 2018
Opening Night: January 24, 2019

"I wanted to write a play about double nature, one that wouldn't be symbolic or metaphorical or any of that stuff. I just wanted to give a taste of what it feels like to be two-sided. It's a real thing, double nature. I think we're split in a much more devastating way than psychology can ever reveal. It's not so cute. Not some little thing we can get over. It's something we've got to live with."

—Sam Shepard

True West Cast

Ethan Hawke
Paul Dano
Marylouise Burke
Saul Kimmer
Gary Wilmes
u/s Lee, Saul Kimmer
Adam Greer
u/s Mom
Anne Lange
u/s Austin
Alex Mickiewicz

True West Creative

Sam Shepard
Set Designer
Mimi Lien
Costume Designer
Kaye Voyce
Lighting Designer
Jane Cox
Original Music & Sound Design
Bray Poor
Hair & Wig Design
Tom Watson
Dialect Consultant
Kate Wilson
Fight Choreographer
Thomas Schall
Production Stage Manager
James Latus
James Macdonald

Partial underwriting support for True West generously provided by Ravenel Curry.

Presented at

American Airlines Theatre

227 West 42nd Street

between 7th and 8th Avenues