True West 

A production of Sam Shepard's play 'True West' will run at the Gem Center for the Arts starting Thursday, July 25.

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New York Magazine described Sam Shepard, as "the greatest American playwright of his generation." Shepard is a well-known American actor, playwright, author, screenwriter and director. Even though he died in 2017, his work lives on. A production of his play True West will run at the Gem Center for the Arts starting Thursday, July 25. Two brothers, Lee (Tim Pakutka) and Austin (Justin Tharpe), are struggling for power. One is a drifter and a petty thief, while the other is a successful screenwriter. They are collaborating a screenplay in their mother's home and Lee claims he can write a "truer" western compared to his brother. Austin's producer decides to give him the job and the brothers' roles switch. This play was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1983.

July 25-27 and Aug 1-3. 7 p.m. General Admission $15. Gem Center for the Arts, 2417 Bank Drive., Boise, gemcenterforthearts.com.

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