Revival of TRUE WEST Starring Ginger Grace Opens York Shakespeare Company's 10th Anniversary Season, Now thru 6/23


The York Shakespeare Company is pleased to present Sam Shepard's TRUE WEST, directed by Seth Duerr. True West will play a three-week limited engagement at Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios (244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor). Performances begin tonight, June 8 and continue through Saturday, June 23. Opening Night is Saturday, June 9 (8pm). $18 tickets are available at

The York Shakespeare Company is proud to announce it's 10th Anniversary Season, commencing with a revival of TRUE WEST - Sam Shepard's most produced play telling the story of two brothers: Austin, an ambitious Hollywood screenwriter working on a potential million-dollar deal and Lee, a vagabond thief with a compulsion for six-packs and toasters. You'll be terrifyingly close to the action as these two brothers battle their demons and each other in Shepard's brutal and acidly funny masterpiece. This summer - There Will Be Toast.

The production stars James Sayess as Lee, Patrick Terry as Austin, Paul Rubin as Saul and Ginger Grace as Mom.

The production features scenic design by Michael Minahan, costume and property design by Preesa Adeline Bullington, and fights by Jared Kirby. Artem Kulakov is the sound designer, Daryl Fazio is the graphic designer, Michael Joseph Ormond is the production stage manager and Merissa Devine is the assistant stage manager.

True West plays the following regular schedule through Saturday, June 23: Wednesdays at 8 p.m.; Thursdays at 8 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m.; and 8 p.m. Sundays at 3 p.m.

There will be an additional performance on Tuesday June 19 at 7pm

Tickets are $18 and are now available online at Tickets may be purchased at the theater ½ prior to performance.

Running Time: 100 minutes including a ten-minute intermission


Other productions this season will include: Cube Rat a new rock-musical by Dana McCoy and Seth Duerr The Punishing Blow by four-time Emmy-winner RAndy Cohen Small Craft Warnings by Tennessee Williams Antony & Cleopatra, The Merchant of Venice, & The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare, in rotating repertory Orson's Shadow and Booth by Austin Pendleton, King Lear by William Shakespeare and Moby Dick-Rehearsed by Orson Welles, in rotating repertory

Sam Shepard (Playwright) is an American playwright, actor, and television and film director. He is the author of several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs, and received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child. Shepard was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff.

Seth Duerr (Director) has appeared in 33 productions of Shakespeare. Roles include: Iago, Claudius, Talbot, Margaret, Chorus, Leontes, Antonio (The Tempest), as well as directing and playing the title role in Coriolanus, Timon of Athens, Macbeth, King Lear, Richard 2, Henry 4, Henry 5, Titus Andronicus and Richard 3. He is the Founder/Artistic Director of The York Shakespeare Company and was the Assistant Artistic Director of the Jean Cocteau Repertory, playing Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet; The Cook in Mother Courage; Lexy in Candida; and Cléante in The Miser. For The Public Theater he has twice appeared in Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth directed by Moisés Kaufman and Romeo and Juliet directed by Michael Greif. Mr. Duerr wrote and directed the first author-approved adaptation of one of Ian McEwan's novels, In Between the Sheets. He starred as Captain Ahab in Orson Welles' Moby Dick - Rehearsed in productions for The Acting Company and Twenty Feet Productions. Recent performances as Azdak in The Caucasian Chalk Circle for Sonnet Rep, John Proctor in The Crucible for manhattantheatresource and Tupolski in The Pillowman at APAC as well as directing and playing Jamie in YSCs production of Long Day's Journey Into Night. Film: The Summoning of Everyman (Death), The Kindergarten Shuffle and the title role in the forthcoming Christopher Marlowe's The Jew of Malta. He is the lead vocal actor in the new World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Mr. Duerr is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association and The Dramatists' Guild and serves on the Advisory Board of Wingspan Arts with Donna Murphy and Scott Schwartz. He will direct all of YSC's 10th Anniversary Season productions and play Antony, Antonio, Leontes, Orson Welles, Junius Brutus Booth, Lear, and reprise his celebrated performances as Ahab in Moby Dick – Rehearsed and four-time Emmy-winner RAndy Cohen's solo comedy The Punishing Blow.

The York Shakespeare Company continues its mission of providing New York audiences with high-quality classical and contemporary theater, in rotating repertory, at affordable prices. Working under the classical Actor-Manager system, YSC produced the critically acclaimed repertories of Henry 6 Part 3, Richard 3, Julius Caesar, and Richard 2 in 2001; Coriolanus, Timon of Athens, King Lear, and Henry 5 in 2002; Henry 6 Part 3, Richard 3, Macbeth, and Hamlet in 2003; Henry 4 Parts 1 & 2, Titus Andronicus, and Waiting for Godot in 2004; the first author-approved adaptation of an Ian McEwan novel, In Between the Sheets, in 2006; Nagle Jackson's The Quick-Change Room in 2007; RAndy Cohen's solo-comedy The Punishing Blow, The Merchant of Venice & Marlowe's The Jew of Malta in 2009; and Long Day's Journey Into Night, Macbeth, Richard 2 and The Punishing Blow in 2010.

The York Shakespeare Company is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of The York Shakespeare Company must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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