True West
Theatre: Circle in the Square
Status: Closed
(February 17, 2000 - July 29, 2000 )
  • Preview: February 14, 2000
  • Open: March 9, 2000
  • Close: July 29, 2000
Play - Broadway Premiere
Running Time: 1hr 40mins

"True West" is about the sibling rivalry between two estranged brothers who have reconnected. Austin, the younger brother, is a Hollywood screenwriter working on a screenplay while house sitting for his mother, who is vacationing in Alaska. His older brother, Lee, appears at the house after the two have not seen each other for years. Lee is a drifter and a thief and has been living in the desert. The two are not on good terms, but Austin attempts to appease his older brother, who is more dominant.

For The Record:

“True West” originally opened at the Public on Dec 10, 1980. Robert Woodruff directed a cast headed by Peter Boyle & Tommy Lee Jones. On Oct 17, 1982 a 2nd production opened at the Cherry Lane. Gary Sinise was the director and John Malkovich & Mr Sinise headed the cast. In 1983, PBS produced a film version starring Messrs Malkovich & Sinise.

Sidelight: Mr Hoffman & Mr Reilly will rotate in the roles of the estranged brothers, “Austin,” the Hollywood intellectual, and “Lee,” the small-time criminal & drifter.

Total Gross: $5,035,352
Average Weekly Gross: $209,806
Total Attendance: 95,525
Average Weekly Attendance: 86%

Staff & Creative Team


Ron Kastner

Casting Director:

Jim Carnahan Casting

Advertising Representative:


Press Agent:


Production Stage Manager:

William Joseph Barnes


Sam Shepard


Matthew Warchus

Settings & Costumes:

Rob Howell


Brian MacDevitt

Original Music:

Claire van Kampen


Lee  02/17/2000 - 06/18/2000
Austin  02/17/2000 - 06/18/2000
Saul Kimmer  02/17/2000 - 07/02/2000
Mom 02/17/2000 - 07/29/2000