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Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced the full cast and production team for its revival production of Sam Shepard’s “True West.” Directed by longtime ensemble member Randall Arney, this is Steppenwolf’s first revival of the play that launched the theatre onto the national scene in 1982.
The production features previously announced ensemble members Jon Michael Hill and Namir Smallwood. Joining Hill and Smallwood will be ensemble member and original cast member Francis Guinan and Jacqueline Williams.
The “True West” production team includes Todd Rosenthal (Scenic Design), Trevor Bowen (Costume Design), Ann G. Wrightson (Lighting Design), Richard Woodbury (Sound Design), Gigi Buffington (Company Voice and Text Coach), Laura Glenn (Production Stage Manager), Amanda Landis (Assistant Stage Manager), JC Clementz, CSA (Casting Director) and Jonathan Berry (Artistic Producer).
“True West” traces the violent and volatile relationship of Austin and Lee, estranged brothers who find themselves trapped together in their mother’s empty house with not much more than a typewriter and a set of golf clubs. Steppenwolf’s original production opened in 1982 with then fairly unknown actors Jeff Perry (Austin) and John Malkovich (Lee) playing the leads, alongside ensemble members Francis Guinan and Laurie Metcalf, directed by Gary Sinise. With Sam Shepard’s approval, Steppenwolf’s production transferred to Off-Broadway, where it opened at Cherry Lane Theatre with Sinise taking on the role of ‘Austin.’ It closed on August 4, 1984 after 762 performances. A televised version featuring Sinise and Malkovich aired on the PBS series “American Playhouse” in January 1984.
Previews begin July 5 and the production runs through August 25 in the Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St. For more information visit steppenwolf.org.