On Thursday, May 10 and Friday, May 11, students at Tilton School presented Sam Shepard’s True West, directed by Tilton faculty member Jason Harrington. This spring theater production was produced in partnership with the Tilton School +5 Program.
True West was a Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist in 1983 and was first performed at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, where Shepard was the resident playwright. Tilton School’s production was performed in the Rome Theater of Hamilton Hall on campus.
This American classic explores the sibling rivalry between two estranged brothers. Austin is working on a script he has sold to producer Saul Kimmer when Lee, a demented petty thief, drops in. He pitches his own idea for a movie to Kimmer, who then wants Austin to junk his bleak, modern love story and write Lee's trashy Western tale. The play winds through Lee vocalizing his screenplay to Austin, who transcribes. The brothers bicker and physically fight throughout the entirety, with the animosity coming to a head at the end.
Our two main characters were played by Sophie Burgess-Dunn ‘18 (Austin) and Anika Tullos ‘19 (Lee), who both displayed captivating performances of characters wildly outside of their own life experiences. The mother of Austin and Lee was played by Chloe Jacques ‘20 and Saul Kimmer was performed by Casey Honer ‘20.
Tilton School extends the utmost gratitude to those who assisted in building the set for this production: