Hickory – The dark and gritty dramatic comedy True West by Sam Shepard opens this Friday, April 13th in the Firemen’s Kitchen at the Hickory Community Theatre.

This American classic explores alternatives that might spring from the demented terrain of the California landscape. Sons of a desert-dwelling alcoholic and a suburban wanderer clash over a film script. Austin, the achiever, is working on a script he has sold to a Hollywood producer when his brother Lee, a demented petty thief, drops in. Lee pitches his own movie idea to the producer, who then wants Austin to junk his bleak, modern love story and write Lee’s trashy Western tale.

True West is on stage Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm (Apr 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28); Thursdays at 7:30pm (Apr 19 & 26); and Sundays at 2:30pm (Apr 22 & 29.) This production is rated R for strong adult language.

Tickets are $16 for adults. Seniors, students and youth (18 and under) are $14. Tickets are now on sale online at hickorytheatre.org or through the Theatre box office, in person or by phone at 828-328-2283. Box office hours are 12-5 Wednesday through Friday.

HCT is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The 2017-2018 Season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive and A Cleaner World. True West is produced by Robert Abbey, Inc. and Dr. George Clay, DDS.

Photo: Joshua Propst (left) as Lee and Joshua Yoder as Austin in the dramatic comedy True West, at the Hickory Community Theatre. Performances begin this Friday, April 13th and continue through April 29th. Photo by Ken Burns.