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True West

19 April - 7 May

HST (Human Sacrifice Theatre) presents

True West by Sam Shepard

19 April – 7 May 2023 

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SHOW DETAILS:

19 April – 7 May 2023

preview: Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 April
opening night: Friday 21 April
duration: 110 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)
times:
Tuesday – Saturday 7:30pm
Sunday 5pm
ticket price: $32 – $70
bookings: 03 9662 9966

warnings: violence and coarse language

In a return season, HST co-founders Justin Hosking and Mark Diaco will be alternating the roles of Austin and Lee in Sam Shepard’s modern masterpiece, True West.

Austin, an Ivy-league educated writer who is finishing off a screenplay that is sure to be a hit, is house-sitting his mother’s quiet Los Angeles suburban home.

That is, until his estranged, lawless, drinking brother Lee, who has been living aimlessly in the desert, drops in. Having not seen each other for five years, the two complete opposites navigate the inextricable tension that permeates between them. The sons of a desert-dwelling alcoholic father clash violently over a film script and the notion of what the West means. A brutal stand-off ensues. Perhaps they are not as different as they seem.

Through this dark comedy, Shepard deeply explores the psyche through sibling rivalry, revealing its double nature. All the while, the grinding muscularity of brotherly love is ringing with the temperature of our modern times.

Artwork by Mark Diaco

Director: Lee Mason

Lee / Austin: Justin Hosking

Lee / Austin: Mark Diaco

Saul: Kevin Summers

Mom: Fiona Stewart

Set and Costume Designer: Peter Mumford

Lighting Designer: Kris Chainey

Sound Designer: Dmitri Golovko

Stage Manager: Teri Steer

Co-Producer: Sophie Muckart

Ticket Prices:

Preview: $32
Full:
$47
Concession: $38
Group 8+: $32
Dual deal (attend two nights and see the two leads flip roles): $70 (a saving of up to $24)

Concessions:

Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA members

NO BOOKING FEE SURCHARGE

WEEK 1

7:30pm, Wednesday 19 April: Austin (Mark Diaco) / Lee (Justin Hosking)
7:30pm, Thursday 20 April: Austin (Justin Hosking) / Lee (Mark Diaco)
7:30pm, Friday 21 April: Austin (Justin Hosking) / Lee (Mark Diaco)
7:30pm, Saturday 22 April: Austin (Mark Diaco) / Lee (Justin Hosking)
5pm, Sunday 23 April: Austin (Justin Hosking) / Lee (Mark Diaco)

WEEK 2

7:30pm, Tuesday 25 April: Austin (Mark Diaco) / Lee (Justin Hosking)
7:30pm, Wednesday 26 April: Austin (Mark Diaco) / Lee (Justin Hosking)
7:30pm, Thursday 27 April: Austin (Mark Diaco) / Lee (Justin Hosking)
7:30pm, Friday 28 April: Austin (Justin Hosking) / Lee (Mark Diaco)
7:30pm, Saturday 29 April: Austin (Justin Hosking) / Lee (Mark Diaco)
5pm, Sunday 30 April: Austin (Mark Diaco) / Lee (Justin Hosking)

WEEK 3

7:30pm, Tuesday 2 May: Austin (Mark Diaco) / Lee (Justin Hosking)
7:30pm, Wednesday 3 May: Austin (Justin Hosking) / Lee (Mark Diaco)
7:30pm, Thursday 4 May: Austin (Justin Hosking) / Lee (Mark Diaco)
7:30pm, Friday 5 May: Austin (Mark Diaco) / Lee (Justin Hosking)
7:30pm, Saturday 6 May: Austin (Mark Diaco) / Lee (Justin Hosking)
5pm Sunday 7 May: Austin (Justin Hosking) / Lee (Mark Diaco)

Details

Start:
19 April
End:
7 May
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Venue

fortyfivedownstairs theatre
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Phone:
03 9662 9966
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HSTheatre
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