Scene One Summary True West begins with the sound of crickets.
Austin — A Hollywood screenwriter.
He is well educated and has a wife and children. Lee — A drifter and a thief, he is Austin's older brother.
Mom — Austin and Lee's mother. Saul Kimmer — A Hollywood producer. Act One[ edit ] True West is about the sibling rivalry between two estranged brothers who have reconnected. The play begins with brothers, Austin and Lee, sitting in their mother's house. This is the first time they've seen one another in five years.
The two are not on good terms, but Austin attempts to appease his older brother, who is more dominant. We learn that their mother is on vacation in Alaska and that Austin is house sitting. Austin is trying to work on his screenplay but Lee continually distracts him with nonsense questions.
The two brothers seem on edge with one another. When Austin suggests that Lee leave, Lee threatens to steal things from the neighborhood. Austin calms him down and the night ends with the two of them on neutral terms. Lee agrees to leave in exchange for Austin's car keys.
Austin is reluctant at first but eventually relents and Lee promises that he will have it back by six. Saul and Austin are discussing their agreement when Lee enters with a stolen television set. Saul and Lee discuss golf and make plans to play the next day, excluding Austin because he doesn't play, despite his desire that Lee have nothing to do with Saul.
Lee proposes a script idea to Saul and Saul reacts positively. Lee describes his story out loud. Austin writes it down, but stops, saying it doesn't resemble real life. The two brothers quarrel and Austin asks Lee for his car keys back.
Lee counters that being brothers means nothing because in-family murders are most common. Austin assures him they won't be driven to murder over a movie script.
Act Two[ edit ] Lee returns from his golf game with Saul. He tells Austin that Saul has promised him an advance for his story idea outline that Austin wrote. They celebrate until Lee informs Austin that he expects Austin to write the screenplay.
Austin questions this knowing he has his own work, but Lee continues to inform him that Saul has chosen to drop Austin's screenplay.
Austin warns Lee that he needs to be careful with messing within this line of work and that he has a lot at stake on his own project. The scene ends with Austin threatening to leave and go to the desert as Lee tries to calm him down.
He argues that Saul only offered to buy the screenplay because he lost a bet. The scene ends with Saul making plans for lunch with Lee.
Austin is drunk and annoying Lee, who is now the one trying to concentrate on a screenplay. Lee makes a bet with Austin and Austin appears to be going crazy. Austin resolves to leave the house and they continue to bicker about Lee's ability as a screenwriter.
Lee finally asks for Austin's help writing the script and starts drinking with him. Austin is polishing toasters that he stole while Lee is smashing a typewriter early in the morning.
The two continue to do this while they are carrying on a conversation. Austin is proud of what he has done. Lee wants to see a woman, but Austin refuses because he is married. Lee throws a fit while on the phone with the operator because he cannot find a pen to write down what the operator is saying.
Austin begs Lee to go to the desert with him because he thinks there is nothing for him where he is. The brothers make a deal that Austin will write the play for Lee if Lee takes him to the desert.True West Sam Shepard can be viewed as the voice of his generation.
Through both The Buried Child and The True West, he tried to reveal the real situation in the American public life by focusing on the family as the nuclear of society. True West is a play by American playwright Sam Shepard. Some critics consider it the third of a Family Trilogy which includes Curse of the Starving Class () and Buried Child ().
Others consider it part of a quintet which includes Fool for Love () and A Lie of the Mind (). The final performance of the Citizens’ acclaimed production of Sam Shepard’s great play True West is due to finish at any moment; and the spacious old foyer in the Gorbals is filling up with a motley crowd of theatre fans, hoping to slip into the auditorium for .
Sam Shepard's papers are split between the Wittliff collections of Southwestern Writers, Texas State University, comprising 27 boxes (13 linear feet), and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, comprising 30 document boxes ( linear feet).
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