Revival of Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind comes to the Southwark

Defibrillator produce this Sam Shepard revival.

A Lie of the Mind

A new revival of Sam Shepard's play A Lie of the Mind has been announced to run at the Southwark Playhouse in south London directed by James Hillier, from 4 to 28 May 2017 with an official opening on 8 May.

Produced by Defibrillator the production follows two recently well received Sam Shepard London revivals of Fool for Love and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child.

"America. The great wide open. Two families torn apart by more than one brutal marriage. Out of this bleak landscape emerges a human spirit that burns bright in its fight for salvation. At heart a love story, this poetic and gritty play explores the ambivalence of family relationships, of love lost and found, against the backdrop of a macho American West. Humorous, dark and mystical A Lie of the Mind was written by Sam Shepard at the height of his powers."

Director James Hillier commented on the play: “In 2017, with a post-truth President in the White House, this play which charts the carnage that ensues from self-deception is as relevant now as when first performed in 1985.”

The cast will include Gethin Anthony (Jake), Kate Fahy (Lorraine), Robert Lonsdale (Mike), Laura Rodgers (Sally) and John Stahl (Baylor).

This new production is designed by Rebecca Brower with costume by Natalie Pryce, sound by Max Pappenheim, lighting by Jai Morjaria, video Video by Adam Lansberry, movement by Jesse Fox and music and composition by James Marples.

Sam Shepard (b 1942) is a playwright, actor, director and author. He has written over 45 plays (11 of which have won Obie Awards) including True Love, Fool for Love and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child, recently seen at Trafalgar Studios starring Ed Harris. He also wrote the screenplay for Wim Wender’s Paris, Texas for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Casting and further details about A Lie of the Mind are to be announced.


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