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Shepard classic, A Lie of the Mind, opens Mainstage Season

The anguish and horror of a callous act of domestic violence propels the first act of Sam Shepard’s gritty classic, A Lie of the Mind.

Jake Rose and Daylin Chase in A Lie of the Mind.

Directed by Department of Drama faculty, Douglas MacArthur, the first production of the 2019-2020 Mainstage Season presents a quintessential American classic touching on themes of family, relationships, mental health and abuse. Shepard’s play transports audiences from Montana to California, where a family in turmoil reconciles and realizes their relationships and exposes their faults.

“This play revolves around the lost male characters – their flaws, relationships and resolve,” says MacArthur. “The audience sees their depth and their failings through Shepard’s unique and poetic playwriting style. It is truly great theatre.”

Touching and moving, yet darkly comedic, A Lie of the Mind has captivated audiences since its debut in 1985. MacArthur lauds its longevity and importance in American theatre to its themes, depth and relevance.

“This play digs at the roots of an American family, and tells the story of people who live their lives on the fringes of society. Despite its exploration around serious and frightening themes, the characters remain relatable and human, and there is a glimmer of hope in the end,” explains MacArthur.

With set designed by drama faculty, Julia Wasilewski, lighting by Lee Burckes, and costumes by Kenya Gimson, the nostalgia of 1980s middle America is captured on the University Theatre stage. Performances run October 8 – 12 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at the U of L Box Office, Monday – Friday (12:30 – 3:30 p.m.), by calling 403-329-2616 or online Tickets are $18 regular, $13 senior and alumni and $12 students. Themes are mature with strong language.