1943 TRUE WEST by Sam Shepard

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The story:
True West is a play by American playwright Sam Shepard. The play is a more traditional narrative than the type of plays that Shepard had written. But like most of his works they are inspired by myths of American life and popular culture.
True West is a comic nightmare of confrontation. The play is about two brothers: Austin is an ambitious Hollywood screenwriter working on a potential million-dollar deal when an ill wind off the desert blows in Lee, a hobo thief with a six-pack and a case of sibling rivalry. The conflict arises when a film producer offers Lee to write a "true" western. In a role reversal as intricate as it is riveting, the brothers head toward Shepard's outrageous version of the Western movie showdown.

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About the author:
Born Samuel Shepard Rogers (nicknamed "Steve") on November 5, 1943, in Fort Sheridan, IL, Sam Shepard would later change his name--reportedly because "Steve Rogers was the name of the original Captain America." He was raised in California and worked as a stable hand, herdsman, orange picker, and sheep shearer before joining a touring theatrical troupe. He ended up in New York City at the age of nineteen, where he held jobs as a bus boy, waiter, and musician before turning to playwriting in 1964 with the Theatre Genesis production of two one-act plays, Cowboys and The Rock Garden, at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery. A product of the 1960s counterculture, Shepard combines wild humor, grotesque satire, myth, and a sparse, haunting language to create a subversive pop vision of America. His characters are typically loners and drifters caught between a mythical past and a mechanized present. He is probably the best-known and most prolific writer of his generation. A number of his plays earned Obies for distinguished writing, and in 1979 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Buried Child. Shepard's imaginative use of language, composed of slang, B-movie dialogue, scientific jargon, and musical (rock and jazz) idioms, reveals his fascination with the American culture and the folklore of the American West. He developed a sense of split and fragmented characters also revealed by his jazzy language.

1943 TRUE WEST by Sam Shepard
Sprache: Englisch
Taschenbuch: 71 Seiten
Verlag: Samuel French Ltd (1. Januar 1996)
ISBN: 0573617287
Preis: € 13,50

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