Sam Shephard’s “True West” to feature a New Albany actor

April 5th, 2016     Leisure and entertainment

Susan Hickman, of New Albany, is part of the small cast starring in Theatre Oxford’s upcoming production of True West, a play written by playwright Sam Shepard. True West, first performed in 1980, is described as a classic family drama, and deals with the deterioration of the relationship between two brothers, one a screenwriter, the other a thief and drifter. Hickman stars as the brothers’ mother.

Attending the play will be a somewhat unusual experience, as the play will be performed by a small cast in an intimate setting  (only 75 audience members), designed to make the audience feel more a part of the high-energy production. The play is presented in a “thrust format,” which means that the set goes out into the audience and is not up on a regular proscenium stage.  This gives the audience more emotional connection to the action.

Sam Shephard, perhaps more widely known for his successful acting career, is also credited with being an outstanding playwright, having written over 40 plays and received recognition as a master American dramatist. True West was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1983.

True West will be the last main-stage production of the season for Theatre Oxford, and is scheduled to run from April 15th to April 17th at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center in Oxford.

For more information, visit Theatre Oxford’s website at or by phone at 662-236-6429 or Email

Tickets for the play range between $10 and $15 and discounts for groups are available. Contact Meaghin Burke for more details. As mentioned, there is a limit of 75 seats per performance

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