October 08, 2007

Alan Johnson-McNutt and Will Winner

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University department of theatre and dance will present "True West" by Sam Shepard Oct. 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28 at 8 p.m. in the Powers Theatre at Bucknell.

Directed by Gary Grant, associate professor of theatre at Bucknell, "True West" is a "hilariously authentic tale of two brothers – one a successful Hollywood screenwriter and  the other a small-time thief and drifter – who reunite in their mother's suburban kitchen.

Seeking the American Dream

According to Grant, "True West" is Shepard's only play (and one of the few plays in modern drama) to show characters specifically trying to write something. Two brothers, Austin and Lee, bang away at a typewriter and scribble furiously with a pencil in an attempt to get down on paper the stories that they urgently must tell and that they believe will garner for them the financial rewards promised by a successful Hollywood screenplay.

"As the play unfolds, however, we experience characters who, in the process of writing their screenplay and telling their stories, do not find their version of the American Dream, but rather they see, for the first time, the roles that they play, not only for others, but for themselves as well.

Funny and wise

"Their confrontation begins with a sibling spat and ends with a battle for psychic integration. It is funny and wise with deeply nuanced characters, thrilling imagistic language and timeless insights about life in contemporary America," said Grant.

The play is performed by two Bucknell student actors, Alan Johnson-McNutt and Will Winner, both senior theatre majors, as part of their senior thesis project.

Admission to this production is $8 per person; $6 for students and senior citizens.

Bucknell weekends

Because "True West" is being performed as part of Bucknell's Homecoming Weekend Oct. 19-21, and Family Weekend Oct. 26-28, ticket availability may be limited.

Advance tickets are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, or at the Bucknell University Bookstore, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 570-577-1000 or online at www.bucknell.edu/Boxoffice. Tickets may be available in person one hour prior to each performance.

For more information on Shepard's work, see The Sam Shepard Website created and developed by Professor Grant at http://www.departments.bucknell.edu/theatre_dance/Shepard/shepard.html

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Oct. 8, 2007