Sam Shepard’s “True West” coming to Tehran theater

September 6, 2020 - 18:44

TEHRAN – American playwright Sam Shepard’s work “True West” will go on stage at the Tehran Independent Theater beginning September 20.

Omid Saeidpur is director of the play translated into Persian by Amir Amjad. Actor Parviz Parastui is the producer of the play that will remain on stage for a month. 

The American classic is a character study that examines the relationship between Austin, a screenwriter, and his older brother, Lee. 

It is set in the kitchen of their mother’s home 40 miles east of Los Angeles. Austin is house-sitting while their mother is in Alaska, and there he is confronted by his brother, who proceeds to bully his way into staying at the house and using Austin’s car.

In addition, the screenplay that Austin is pitching to his connection in Hollywood somehow is taken over by Lee through his pushy con-man tactics, and the brothers find themselves forced to cooperate in the creation of a story that will make or break both of their lives. 

In the process, the conflict between the brothers creates a heated situation in which their roles as successful family man and nomadic drifter are somehow reversed, and each man finds himself admitting that he had somehow always wished he were in the other’s shoes.

Mohammad Charkhtab, Bita Azadi and Saeidpur are the members of the cast.

Shepard was an American artist who worked as an award-winning playwright, writer and actor.

His many written works are known for being frank and often absurd, as well as for having an authentic sense of the style and sensibility of the gritty modern American West.

He was an actor on stage and in motion pictures; a director of stage and film; author of several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs; and a musician.

Photo: A poster for American writer Sam Shepard’s play “True West”, which will be staged at the Tehran Independent Theater.

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