A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard

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October 8 - 12 | 7:00 pm | University Theatre

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. Directed by Drama Department 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 reconcile and realize their relationships and expose 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 hope in the end,” MacArthur explains.

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. With performances running October 8 – 12 at a special 7:00 pm showtime, this Mainstage is not to be missed.

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

Room or Area: 
University Theatre W500

$18 regular, $13 senior and alumni,  $12 Student 
uLethbridge.ca/tickets or by calling 403-329-2616

University Box Office | Level 5, Centre for the Arts
Monday - Friday | 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm



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