True West

 

For this solo show at beverly, designed and executed a conceptual set for Sam Shepard’s iconic melodrama True West. Responding to Shepard’s overly didactic set directions, the installation creates a place for scenic design to be less literal, more evocative.  

 
 
NOTE ON SET AND COSTUME: The set should be constructed realistically with no attempt to distort its dimensions, shapes, objects, or colors. No objects should be introduced which might draw special attention to themselves other than the props demanded by the script. If a stylistic “concept” is grafted onto the set design it will only serve to confuse the evolution of the characters’ situation, which is the most important focus of the play.
— Sam Shepard, from True West (1980)