True West at American Airlines Theatre tickets
True West at American Airlines Theatre tickets

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About the show

Sam Shephard’s Pulitzer-nominated play returns to the Broadway stage, starring Paul Dano and Ethan Hawke. A critically acclaimed drama that pits brother against brother, True West plays at the American Airlines Theatre.

True West is an intense character study, exploring the relationship between Austin, a screenwriter, and his older brother Lee. Set in the kitchen of their mother’s California home, where Austin is house-sitting, the play follows the brothers as tensions rise between them; Lee bullies his way into staying in the house, using his brother’s car, and even taking over his new screenplay. Soon, their roles as successful family man and nomadic drifter are somehow reversed, and each finds himself admitting that he may have always wished he were in the other's shoes.

Stars Paul Dano and Ethan Hawke are both best known for their work on screen. Dano has starred in modern classics such as There Will Be Blood, Little Miss Sunshine and 12 Years a Slave, whilst Hawke had his breakthrough role in Dead Poet’s Society, following this with acclaimed performances in Reality Bites and Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy.

Writer Sam Shephard was an American actor, playwright, author, screenwriter, and director whose career spanned half a century. A multi-talented writer and performer, Shepard won ten Obie Awards for writing and directing, the most won by any writer or director, as well as receiving the Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his play Buried Child, and a nomination for an Academy Award for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff.

The production is directed by James Macdonald (The Children, Top Girls), with Original Music & Sound Design by Bray Poor and Set Design by Mimi Lien.

A family tears itself apart as cracks form in the American Dream; catch searing drama True West at the American Airlines Theatre.

Recommended for

Anyone wanting to experience one of America’s most acclaimed plays live won’t want to miss this new production of True West.

Age Recommendations: TBC

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes (incl. intermission)
Opened: 27 Dec 2018
Press night: 24 Jan 2019
Booking from: 27 Dec 2018
Booking until: 17 Mar 2019

Location and map

American Airlines Theatre
227 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

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