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Carroll Players present "True West"

September 14, 2012

WAUKESHA, WIS.— The 2012-2013 Carroll Players season begins with a concert reading of “True West” by Sam Shepard on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. The reading will be at 7 p.m. in Otteson Theatre, 238 N. East Ave., Waukesha. It is free and open to the public.

Shepard’s black comedy about two brothers’ intense hatred for each other – and themselves – explores the roots of competition and violence in the American psyche. In the play, Austin, a family man and budding screenwriter, is house-sitting for his mother while she’s on vacation in Alaska. His older brother Lee (an unshaven, alcoholic thief) shows up and bullies his way in to the house. The screenplay Austin has been diligently working on somehow gets taken over by Lee’s pushy con-man tactics, and the brothers find themselves forced to cooperate in the creation of a story that will make or break both their lives.

This concert reading is coordinated by Jennifer Dobby, visiting lecturer of theatre arts. It features James Zager, associate professor, as Saul Kimmer; Laura Gray, adjunct lecturer, as the Mother; and two students as the brothers, Lee and Austin. Technical elements will be coordinated by the theatre arts program student management team.

For more information, contact the Theatre Arts Office at 262.524.7302 or


Contact: Jess Owens 262-951-3104

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