Obie Award-winning Director and Playwright Adam Rapp takes on Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard’s TRUE WEST in a muscular new production

by on November 21, 2012

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Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein are pleased to announce Sam Shepard’s darkly funny play ‘True West’ directed by Adam Rapp in the Bingham Theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville as part of the Brown-Forman Series.

October 18, 2012

Obie Award-winning Director and Playwright Adam Rapp takes on Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard’s TRUE WEST in a muscular new production

 

PRESS NIGHT: Thursday, November 15 at 7.30 p.m.

 

Louisville, KY – Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein are pleased to announce Sam Shepard’s darkly funny play True West directed by Adam Rapp in the Bingham Theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville as part of the Brown-Forman Series. It begins previews on November 13, opens November 15 and runs through December 9. Single tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at ActorsTheatre.org or by calling 502-584-1205. True West is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

 

Continuing this season’s theme of familial love, Obie Award-winning Director and Playwright Adam Rapp will direct Sam Shepard’s True West in which two brothers compete and collide in a a modern-day Cain and Abel tale that tests the limits of brotherly love.  “This is a dynamic and hilarious play.” said Les Waters, Actors Theatre’s Artistic Director.  Adding, “I think director Adam Rapp will bring a wickedly smart, kindred sensibility to Shepard’s brilliance.”

 

Well-educated Austin and thieving con man Lee, estranged brothers from different worlds, reunite in their mom’s California kitchen, where Austin is working out a screenplay deal. But when Lee comes up with his own big idea and steals much more than just the neighbors’ TV, challenges are issued, many drinks are downed, and the siblings find that they might not be such opposites after all. This dynamic, darkly funny play by iconic actor-writer Sam Shepard is a tale of brotherly love and competition, Hollywood producers and stolen toasters.

 

Rapp is an Obie Award-winning playwright and director. He has previously directed his plays Finer Noble Gases and The Edge of Our Bodies at Actors as part of the 2002 and 2011 Humana Festival of New American Plays, respectively.  He’s the author of numerous plays, which include Nocturne (A.R.T., New York Theatre Workshop),  Stone Cold Dead Serious (A.R.T., Edge Theatre), Blackbird (The Bush, Edge Theatre), Essential Self-Defense (Playwrights Horizons), Kindness (Playwrights Horizons), The Metal Children (The Vineyard), The Hallway  Trilogy (Rattlestick), Dreams of Flying, Dreams of Falling (The Atlantic) and Red Light Winter (Steppenwolf, Barrow Street Theatre), which was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Most recently he directed the world premiere of Karen O’s Psycho Opera, Stop the Virgens, at St. Anne’s Warehouse and played the Sydney Opera House earlier this summer.

Nate Miller and William Apps take on the roles of brothers Austin and Lee respectively. Miller returns to Actors Theatre following his most recent role as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. True West marks Apps’ debut at Actors Theatre.  Apps’ previous credits include Off Broadway; The Bad and The Better (Peter Jay Sharp), Animals and Plants (Gershwin Hotel), The Hallway Trilogy (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), Ghosts in the Cottonwoods (Theatre 80 St. Marks), Happy in the Poorhouse, Amerissiah (PS 122/Theatre 80) and for film; Regretting Fish (Cadillac Films).

Miller and Apps will be joined by Connor Barrett and Emily McDonnell making their debuts as Saul Kimmer and Mom. Barrett has previously worked with Adam Rapp Off Broadway, regionally and internationally on two of his plays:  Finer Noble Gases (Woolly Mammoth, DC;  Rattlestick, NYC;  Bush Theater, London;  Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and The Metal Children (Vineyard, NYC).  McDonnell’s theater credits include: Wallace Shawn’s The Master Builder, dir. Andre Gregory, stage production and upcoming film version dir. Jonathan Demme; Grasses of a Thousands Colours at the Royal Court in London and The Public, directors Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory. Additional Film & Television credits include: Mildred Pierce, Marie and Bruce (with Julianne Moore), First Person Singular, Before it had a Name (with Willem Defore), The Understudy and Blackbird (by Adam Rapp).

The Creative Team includes Andromache Chalfant (Scenic Designer), Kristopher Castle (Costume Designer), Keith Parham (Lighting Designer), Rick Sordelet (Fight Director) and Christian Frederickson (Sound Designer).

 

True West is made possible in part by Brown-Forman through their continued commitment to the Brown-Forman Series.

 

True West is just one of the phenomenal offerings in Waters inaugural season. Make sure that you don’t miss out on any of the action and get the best seats for all these shows at the lowest prices by purchasing season tickets today! 2012-2013 Season Ticket Packages are on sale now, starting from as low as $118 and are available online at ActorsTheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at 502-584-1205.

 

To reserve tickets to review, to request images, or for any other press enquiries, please contact Kirsty Gaukel, Public Relations Manager at 502-584-1265 ext. 3041 or KGaukel@ActorsTheatre.org.

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During the run of True West audiences can also enjoy many special events:

  • Opening-night festivities:  Celebrate opening on Thursday, November 15 with a post-show champagne toast.
  • Conversation with the Artists: Following the 2.30 p.m. performance on November 25, 2012. Enjoy an engaging dialogue led by our staff with the performers and behind-the-scene artists.
  • Cocktails with the Cast (formerly Gin & Topic): After the 8 p.m. performance on November 29, 2012.  Grab a drink and mingle with some of the visiting artists at this free informal event.

 

 

NOTE TO THE EDITOR:

 

The Brown-Forman Series is a season-long commitment by Brown-Forman which supports Actors Theatre’s season ticket series. This support is very important to us. We would greatly appreciate inclusion of their participation in your coverage.

 

Actors Theater of Louisville
316 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Box Office: 502.584.1205
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