The brothers squabble about who has visited the old man more. Lee asks question after question about the current situation: whether Austin has any coffee, whether he is taking care of the houseplants, whether he usually writes by candlelight, whether the Forefathers wrote by candlelight. Austin had suspected something underhanded from his older brother, but stealing from his mother's neighborhood is crossing the line. It is set in the kitchen of their mother's home 40 miles east of Los Angeles. Visit BN.com to buy new and used textbooks, and check out our award-winning NOOK tablets and eReaders. Lee laughs at Austin's "art," which is just a little research for a screenplay. Finally, Austin offers Lee money, at which point Lee lunges violently at Austin, grabbing his shirt, warning Austin never to say that to him again. The brothers talk about Lee's time in the desert with a woman botanist, and Austin invites Lee to come live with he and his family in northern California. The curse of the family runs deep throughout Shepard's work. In his own notes to potential directors, Shepard even specifies that there are not to be any dramaturgical tricks or concepts for the design of the set or the costumes; any such attempts would only confuse the character's evolution. %%EOF Lee admits he is there to steal. hb```f``c ,3_(/tq}LV]tBP:">+5]Q=Wx|k,'^2uuiQglJb[$Y'MQCiAzy=f^ $"3 _ There are no aria-like monologues, no slime oozing down the walls, no magical cornfield in the backyard: just a simple kitchen in a modest home outside of Los Angeles. Additionally, Lee wants the use of Austin's car for the day to case the neighborhood. Austin seems at first to be the one who got away, the brother who has survived the devastation of his family and somehow moved on to a sense of prosperity and release. Summary. Tooth of Crime,Buried Child,Curse of the Starving Class, and A Lie of the Mind are all family dramas. Therefore, we have a Formica and houseplant-adorned kitchen containing two brothers who by the end of play will try to kill each other. Lee is the failure: the thief, the drifter, the outcast. Their mother lives in a nice community, one perfect for petty theft because of its big houses and decided lack of dogs. I love this speech. Monologues are presented on StageAgent for educational purposes only. You stick out like a sore thumb. You are here: Home / M / Movie Questions Answered / True West Monologue True West Monologue September 15, 2014 / 0 Comments / in Movie Questions Answered , VIDEOS and PODCASTS / endstream endobj startxref All they know is somethin's missing. %PDF-1.5 % Look at you. AUSTIN: You're going to get picked up if you start walking around here at night. A candle illuminates Austin sitting in the alcove adjoining his mother's kitchen. endstream endobj 266 0 obj <> endobj 267 0 obj <> endobj 268 0 obj <>stream Austin rejects this proposition with a good deal of force, not wanting Lee prowling around the neighborhood and certainly not interested in letting Lee use his car to do so. 265 0 obj <> endobj That's all. 270 0 obj <>/Filter/FlateDecode/ID[<5603ADC4CBEF464393D57282EE880771>]/Index[265 17]/Info 264 0 R/Length 49/Prev 132061/Root 266 0 R/Size 282/Type/XRef/W[1 2 1]>>stream Austin tries to convince Lee not to prowl around the neighborhood but Lee has his mind made up. True West begins with the sound of crickets. LEE: Me? Moonlight also reveals Lee in the kitchen. I decided not to let being women stop me. I wanted to work on it because it's great writing, period; you can't go wrong with great writing. If you would like to give a public performance of this monologue, please obtain As the first scene closes, Austin asks Lee if he wants to sleep, but Lee says he does not sleep. A candle illuminates Austin sitting in the alcove adjoining his mother's kitchen. Austin has all the accoutrements of a writer: coffee, a cigarette burning in the ashtray, stacks of paper. The moment of crisis is over. Use up and down arrows to review and enter to select. I changed the father into a mother for our scene, since we worked on it as women. Enjoy! Lee is Austin's older brother. All monologues are property and copyright of their owners. He is drinking beer and looks like he has slept in a ditch, with a filthy T-shirt, two days' growth of beard, and bad teeth. He is dressed properly, in a cardigan, slacks, and white tennis shoes. Nobody's gonna' know. You think yer regular lookin'? We don't currently have any monologues from True West . 0 The first thing Austin asks Lee is about whether Lee has seen their father, "the old man." Lee discredits a settled life as a "sham." Austin then asks Lee what he is doing here at their mother's house. 281 0 obj <>stream True West 6 LEE: Nobody's gonna' know. In the original play, Shepard writes about brothers, Austin and Lee. He is the aimless hero of Western myth: an outlaw who lives by his own code of morality. Their mother is in Alaska, and has left Austin in charge of the house. He is bent over a table writing in a tablet. hV]o0+~;*$A7iPIU2A$HPjMPB_&s9aDhA8Sn+#"S'p#gh5KF`D$n#%#rzJ/Ufsk}qLmOUix,0tv Z[Q]M2cbH>n#;7l=f0Af])-IRNSLg1zaZWOpE|agg}/V IpD?w/Obarcjw/Es(+E>b2(sCY Iw2bbiG1;_((eSEY^)^$@w!BJ=P~2X45"fDJm. I also omitted the drinking (Austin is drunk as a skunk in this scene) for this taping. Unlike most of Shepard's other plays, True West at first seems to be a straightforward narrative about brotherly conflict and screenwriting, lacking in absurdist elements. Take a look at our library of free monologues . Austin is the prodigal son: the husband, the writer, the success. Austin has all the accoutrements of a writer: coffee, a cigarette burning in the ashtray, stacks of paper. He is bent over a table writing in a tablet. This is Austin's monologue about their recluse father. A little ode to to one of my favorite writers, Mr. Sam Shepard. Lee is at first the mirror image of his father, a drunk without a home, a man without direction. I'm gonna' git picked up? He says that money offerings may be enough to appease the old man, but would never be enough for Lee. True West begins with the sound of crickets. SparkNotes is brought to you by Barnes & Noble. The barrage of questioning obviously disrupts Austin's attempt to write, but Austin does not let on that is so. hbbd``b`: $CC`)?g&3` # However, we have dozens of other monologues that you can read. Two people could hardly look less like brothers than Austin and Lee. I worked on this scene from \"True West\", in an acting class. After a long pause, Lee says the crickets are incredibly monotonous. Austin is well manicured and proper, whereas Lee is a slovenly mess. Being born into a family is everyone's curse, and getting out is often an ultimatealbeit impossiblegoal. She'll never even hear about it. What about you? Austin's Monologue from "True West" by Sam Shepard - YouTube He is dressed properly, in a cardigan, slacks, and white tennis shoes. TRUE WEST is a character study that examines the relationship between Austin, a screenwriter, and his older brother Lee. ( Austin is well manicured and proper, whereas Lee is a study! 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