Play Listing: Train Play, The (or, The Reckless, Ruthless, Brutal Charge Of It)

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Play Name: Train Play, The (or, The Reckless, Ruthless, Brutal Charge Of It)
Description: Imagine you're on a train, on a pitch-black moonless night, hurtling at the speed of light toward destiny. Here it is that eight strangers meet: a twelve-year-old with the powers of a comic book heroine who manipulates time, a jaded Earth Goddess with a soft spot for very old scotch, an unraveling horny physicist fleeing a terrifying truth she's only just glimpsed, a young man on the lam from predatory angels, a disenchanted travel writer who's just trying to pay his bills and three Russian brothers on a musical mission of peace. While they ride, the destruction of the universe looms as they speed along a comic-poetic collision course with time, history and a supernatural climax. Dawn is the key.

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Play Name: True West
Description: Our modern American classic presentation for this season, True West explores alternatives that might spring from the demented terrain of the California landscape. Sons of a desert dwelling alcoholic and a suburban wanderer clash over a film script. Austin, the achiever, is working on a script he has sold to producer Sal 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. "It's clear, funny, naturalistic. It's also opaque, terrifying, surrealistic. If that sounds contradictory, you're on to one aspect of Shepard's winning genius; the ability to make you think you're watching one thing while at the same time he's presenting another." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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Play Name: Unseen Hand, The
Description: The play is not really extraterrestrial. It is about the depressive state right here on earth, on the loss of innocence and individuality and other matters that have troubled Mr. Shepard since he first began his folklorist investigation of the decline of the American West (and East). The Morphan brothers are outlaws as heroes. For all their shooting and shouting, they are bonded together in a love of the pioneer spirit.

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Play Name: Valparaiso
Description: A man sets out on an ordinary business trip to Valparaiso, Indiana. It turns out to be a mock-heroic journey toward identity and transcendence. This is Don DeLillo's second play, and it is funny, sharp, and deep- reaching. Its characters tend to have needs and desires shaped by the forces of broadcast technology. This is also a play that makes obsessive poetry out of the language of routine airline announcements and the flow of endless information. This is the way we talk to each other today. This is the way we tell each other things, in public, before listening millions, that we don't dare to say privately. Nothing is allowed to be unseen. Nothing remains unsaid. And everything melts repeatedly into something else, as if driven by the finger on the TV remote.

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Play Name: Whirligig
Description: A green-haired punk girl runs away from home and into a slew of strange characters at a bus stop. - Faehnrich, Ilona, CSU Cauldron

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