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    A Lie of the Mind

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    Sam Shepard, known for such raw family dramas as Curse of the Starving Class and True West, brings us a twisted story of backwoods love, abuse and domestic dysfunction in A Lie of the Mind. This poignant psychological drama follows the disintegrating relationships of two families, linked by an abusive marriage. The clans include a wife-beater who's killed his father, a vengeful widow, a deer hunter, and two confused and abused wives struggling to decipher between fantasy and reality. In spite of the violence and obvious tragedy, Shepard's trademark absurdity allows us to laugh through the tears, making an even more heartbreaking parody on his slice of American life. This rarely produced work earned him the 1986 Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. This current production by The White Horse Theater Company is the first major revival in New York City since the play's highly acclaimed premiere in 1985. Show Business magazine declared that last season's production of True West by The White Horse Theater was "An excellent productionĚDirector Cyndy Marion skillfully handled the play's angry and violent outbursts." In the words of director Cyndy Marion "A Lie of the Mind points to the paradox of the American family — its inevitable power to both nurture and destroy. Shepard's play raises critical questions about the influence of a family on its children while portraying the American home as both a place for healing and imprisonment. The play depicts one man's struggle to free himself and his loved ones from a place of pain and darkness." Cyndy earned an MFA in directing from Brooklyn College. Her directing credits include: True West, Fool for Love, Last Train To Nibroc, Mud, 12 Angry Men, and The Mandala.

    Dates:  Sept. 12, 2003 - Sept. 28, 2003
    Schedule:  Wed.-Sat. 7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 1 p.m.
    Venue:  American Theatre of Actors, 314 West 54th Street
    Price:  $15
    Company:  White Horse
    Tickets/info:  (212) 868-4444


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