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Missing Link Theatre Co. presents: TRUE WEST by Sam Shepard

  • The Headwaters Theatre 55 Northeast Farragut Street Portland, OR, 97211 United States (map)

August 18th, 19th, 24th -26th @ 8:00pm; August 20th @ 2:00pm

TRUE WEST 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, 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.