As part of its annual Student Repertory Theatre Festival, Bridgewater State University Theater and Dance presents “True West” by Sam Shepard.
A dark comedy about a power struggle between two brothers, one a petty thief and the other a screen writer, collaborating on a screenplay in their mother’s kitchen, “True West” performs Thursday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.
All performances are held on the BSU campus in the Rondileau Campus Center Auditorium at 19 Park Ave in Bridgewater. Tickets are available at the door or online at www.BSUtix.com, while supplies last. Call the box office at 508-531-1321 or email email@example.com for further information.
Lillianne Condez of New Bedford, Michael Eckenreiter of Fairhaven and Ladymir Ortiz-Gonzales of Fall River are among the cast and crew of “True West,” along with: David Madden (Carver), Eric Lander (Whitman), Ben Milot (Taunton), Abigail Dwyer (Cumberland, Rhode Island), Meredith Madden (Braintree), April Womble (Plymouth) and Sean Lavin (Norfolk).
“True West” is a character study that examines the relationship between formerly estranged siblings Austin, a screenwriter, and his older brother Lee, a petty thief, in the kitchen of their mother's home.
With their mother vacationing in Alaska, Austin house-sits in her home, which lies 40 miles east of Los Angeles. There he is confronted by his brother Lee, who proceeds to steamroll his way into staying at the house and using Austin's car. As Austin uses a Hollywood connection to pitch his original screenplay, Lee’s pushy con-man tactics result in his taking over the project, forcing the brothers to cooperate in the creation of a story that will make or break both their lives.
The Student Repertory Theatre was created as an opportunity for BSU student directors, choreographers and designers to showcase their talents. Each year students collaborate with each other and faculty to create an original piece or bring to life a show of their choosing. In just four short weeks, students work together to rehearse and mount an entire show that is performed as part of the five-day student festival.
This year, as the Student Repertory Theatre embarks on its 11th year of showcasing new works & student-directed pieces, the festival will present two unique entertaining shows exploding with student talent and creativity.
Additionally being staged during the showcase is “The Swan,” an absurdist play of lust, love, and loss centered around a woman living by herself in a lonely prairie suburb of Nebraska,
The cast and crew consists of students from all over the Commonwealth: Kennedy Prashaw (Hudson), Jesse Romano (Brewster), Will Sexton (Contuit), Dylan Crowley (Whitman), Angela Harrington (Kingston), Alyssa Germaine (Attleboro), Karly Foster (Taunton) and Heather Roberts (Bourne.
“The Swan performs Feb. 21 and 23 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. i n the Rondileau Campus Center Auditorium.