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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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Play Name: Wolves
Description: WOLVES is a sharp, darkly funny urban fable that takes place during a long and terrible night at the apartment of Ben and his roommate and onetime boyfriend, Jack. Ben, clearly never the most stable of young men, has recently moved from a small town to the big city, where his vulnerability has turned into full-blown paranoia about the place where he lives - which he likens to a "deep, dark forest" - and an outrageous fear of the "wolves" that prowl it. To taunt the needy Ben and to prove that the city isn't what he imagines it to be, Jack brings home a "wolf" from a bar one night. Things turn violent and it's up to the icily glamorous and bitingly funny female narrator to guide us through to the end of this postmodern fracturing of the Red Riding Hood yarn.

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