True West is Sam Shepard's classic 1980 tale of sibling rivalry. Austin, a budding screenwriter house-sitting for his mother outside L.A., finds himself reconnected by chance with his estranged and criminal older brother, Lee. In the heat of the California night, jealousy and mistrust bubble beneath the surface, threatening to destroy what little the brothers have. According to the National Review, “True West still rings true and stands as the greatest American drama since Long Day’s Journey Into Night.”

True West will play at the Vancity Culture Lab (1895 Venables St) at 8:00 PM from May 15 to 19 2018. 


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Joel R Butler  |  Austin

Joel Butler is a Vancouver-based actor and writer. In 2012, after attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, Joel returned home to carry on his pursuit of a career in theatre and film. Recent credits include Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Stone's Throw), Eurydice (Plan Z Theatre), and Fool for Love (Clockwork Theatre). He hopes to continue his acting career until he is done and/or dead.


Patrick Dodd  |  Lee

Patrick Dodd is a Vancouver-based actor and improviser. Select credits include Sense and Sensibility (Citadel Theatre), Viva (Bright Young Theatre and Aenigma Theatre), Red (Aenigma Theatre), and Fool for Love (Clockwork Theatre). Patrick improvises regularly with Instant Theatre and has performed in festivals such as the Vancouver International Improv Festival and the Del Close Marathon (New York). 


Anthony Santiago  |  Saul

Anthony has performed theatre professionally throughout BC and across Western Canada. His selected credits include A Prayer for Owen Meany (Ensemble Theatre Company), Robinson Crusoe (Axis Theatre), Love's Labour's Lost (Bard on the Beach), Of Mice and Men (The Citadel / Manitoba Theatre Centre) and Two Weeks with the Queen (The Globe Theatre).  


Lynne Karey-McKenna  |  Mom

Lynne Karey-McKenna was born and raised in Chicagoland, where she studied, taught and performed improvisational theatre until she met a Canadian who took her heart and whipped her over to the other side of the continent. Since coming to Vancouver she has performed with Gallery 7 Theatre, Pacific Theatre, Heritage Valley Dinner theatre, Deep Cove Theatre, The Royal Canadian Theatre Company, and others. Lynne is a four-time recipient of the Best Actress award from Theatre BC.


Kenton Klassen  |  Director

Kenton is a Vancouver-based actor, director, and Co-Artistic Producer of Cave Canem Productions. He holds a B.F.A. in acting from UBC and has completed an apprenticeship with Pacific Theatre. Select credits include directing Danny and the Deep Blue Sea and Bench Seat (Stone's Throw), performing in The Lonesome West (Cave Canem), Gruesome Playground Injuries and The Rainmaker (Pacific Theatre),  Trainspotting (Rumble), The Stonewater Rapture (Clockwork).


Madelaine Walker  |  Stage Manager

Madelaine is the Associate Producer for Wunderdog Theatre, and has been working in the Vancouver theatre industry for the past four years. Past SM credits include Oddities and B Sides (Quimera Collective), The Drowsy Chaperone (TUTS, ASM), I Am For You (Wunderdog Theatre), The Lonesome West (Cave Canem Productions, ASM), and A Christmas Carol (Gateway Theatre, Apprentice SM). She has also directed one act plays for Festival Dionysia and Brave New Play Rites. 


Daniel Tessy  |  Lighting Designer

Daniel Tessy is a lighting designer, sound designer and composer working out of Vancouver, BC. He’s a lover of all things Shepard-related and couldn’t be more stoked to be working on this project! Some of his notable credits include Hamlet (Blackspear Productions, Sound Design/Music), Frankenstein 1945 (Nebula Theatre, Lighting Design) and The Laramie Project (Tomo Suru, Lighting Design). He’s generally happy to be here.