Last season, Broadway hosted, briefly, Coleman and Valene, the two loathsome brothers of Martin McDonagh's The Lonesome West. Now this season, New Yorkers will get a chance to see their spiritual ancestors, Austin and Lee, the sparring siblings of Sam Shepard's True West. As reported by The New York Times, Ron Kastner will be producing a revival of Shepard's 1980 dark comedy, due to start previews in December and open in February 2000 at the Circle in the Square Theatre. Casting is expected shortly, according to a source at RJK Productions.
Matthew Warchus, who directed True West in London in 1994, will helm the staging, which will be the first time the show has made it to Broadway. Its 1980 debut, at the Public Theatre, featured Peter Boyle and Tommy Lee Jones. The more famous 1982 staging at the Cherry Lane Theatre featured Chicago actors Gary Sinese and John Malkovich. Their pairing was eventually taped for broadcast on public television.
Other plays by Shepard include Simpatico (recently filmed by director Warchus), Cowboys, Seduced, A Lie of the Mind and Curse of the Starving Class. 1978's Buried Child won the Pulitzer Prize and received a recent Broadway revival featuring Sinese.