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DEPTHS OF THE PSYCHE EXPLORED
IN SAM SHEPARD'S AWARD-WINNING PLAY,
A LIE OF THE MIND

Opens Oct. 5 at UNCSA

 


WINSTON-SALEM – The human mind is a chaotic and awe-inspiring place, and it is the true setting of Sam Shepard’s award-winning play, A Lie of the Mind, which runs Oct. 5-16 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA).

A Lie of the Mind will be directed by UNCSA School of Drama faculty member Matt Bulluck and performed by Studio IV, the Drama senior class. The UNCSA School of Design and Production will provide support for this production.

Performances will be at the Catawba Theatre in Performance Place on the UNCSA campus, 1533 South Main St., Winston-Salem. Shows are at 8 p.m. Oct. 5-7 and Oct. 13-15, and at 2 p.m. Oct. 15 & 16. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors/students. Call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945 for reservations, or visit www.uncsa.edu/performances to purchase tickets online.

Set against the backdrop of the isolated West, A Lie of the Mind focuses on two families that seem to unravel into a translucent dementia that threatens to break them, even as it draws them together.

The play tells the story of a severe case of spousal abuse and its effect on the two families, especially the husband, Jake, and his wife, Beth. From the first disorienting lines the characters speak in the dark, a sense of barely concealed turmoil begins to bubble up from beneath the surface of their words. Jake jumbles phrases into a telephone receiver, attempting to explain to his brother, Frankie, what he has just done: “I never even saw it comin’, Frankie. I never did. How come that is? How come?”

A Lie of the Mind
Photo by G. Allen Aycock

Frankie (Drew Bolander) attempts to confront Jake (Daniel Emond) about his feelings towards his wife in A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard.

As Jake wrestles with his feelings toward his wife, all of their family members must try to grasp some shred of understanding through the haze of their own dysfunction. This constant struggle to stay above the rising waters of disarray may leave audience members questioning themselves, and their loved ones. A Lie of the Mind is a play rife with unsettling images and unnerving dialogue, all of which serve to create an incarnation of the disorder of the human mind.

The original production, directed by Shepard himself, debuted at the Promenade Theatre in New York City on Dec. 5, 1985. The play won the 1986 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play, as well as the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.

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