True West, despite its name, is not a Western. It is instead a character study that examines the relationship between Austin, a screenwriter, and his older brother Lee. It is set in the kitchen of their mother's home 40 miles east of Los Angeles. Austin is house-sitting while their mother is in Alaska, and there he is confronted by his brother Lee, who proceeds to bully his way into staying at the house and using Austin's car. In addition, the screenplay which Austin is pitching to his connection in Hollywood somehow gets taken over by the pushy con-man tactics of Lee, and the brothers find themselves forced to cooperate in the creation of a story that will make or break both their lives. In the process, the conflict between the brothers creates a heated situation in which their roles as successful family man and nomadic drifter are somehow reversed, and each man finds himself admitting that he had somehow always wished he were in the other's shoes.
Tickets are on sale now at Diamond Art Jewelers, 503-842-7940. $10/seniors and students, $15 adults.
*this production contains strong language and is not suitable for children
|Carolyn Olson as the mother, and Mark Johnson as Lee....in a heated argument|
|Troy Peterson as Austin, and Mark Johnson as Lee, get physical|
|Austin, Lee, and Scott Campbell as Saul, discussing business matters|
|Lee and Austin are more alike than they previously thought|