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Closed August 25, 2019

True West' Steppenwolf revival a powerful homage to the past, refreshing look to future Playing Shepard well often requires playing two things at once, and I'm not sure I've seen that done better than here.

Chicago Sun Times

Why See True West?


Sam Shephard's Masterpiece

Centered on the tempestuous relationship between two brothers, Pultizer-nominated True West is one of Sam Shepard's finest works. The story follows warring siblings Austin and Lee who find themselves alone together in their mother's empty house. Austin is an ambitious screenwriter, while his brother Lee hasn't quite settled on a path through life. With no one to talk to but each other, old grievances are aired and memories recalled in a cathartic blood-letting which may ultimately bring them closer, or force them further apart.

Steppenwolf previously staged True West in 1982, with a then-unknown Gary Sinise and John Malkovich in the lead roles. This 2019 production could well launch a new set of stars of its own.

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Opening night: 5 July 2019


12+ features explicit language and scenes of violence

Run time

Approximately two hours including one intermission

Cast and Creative


  • Randall Arney
  • Jon Michael Hill
  • Namir Smallwood
  • Francis Guinan
    Jacqueline Williams


  • Written by Sam Shepard
  • Directed by Randall Arney
  • Scenic Design by Todd Rosenthal
  • Costume Design by Trevor Bowen
  • Lighting Design by Ann G. Wrightson
  • Sound Design & Original Music by Richard Woodbury

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