Theatre at Grenfell presents Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind Wed. Oct. 29 to Sat. Nov. 1 at 8PM in the main stage theatre in the Fine Arts building at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. Tickets are available at the box office, the Grenfell Bookstore and Brewed on Bernard.
When A Lie of the Mind opened in New York City in 1985, it was described by Frank Rich in the New York Times to be “as wide, deep, mysterious and unruly as the Mississippi River…”
Currently enjoying several revivals including a recent off-Broadway production directed by Ethan Hawke, A Lie of the Mind is filled with vibrant dialogue and wild, irreverent, side-splitting humor. The eight characters are all intensely real and yet archetypal in dimension. Set in the badlands of Southern California and a ranch in frozen Montana, Shepard’s epic play takes on the concept of the American Dream and blows it wide apart.
The play offers the 3rd and 4th year acting students at Grenfell an opportunity to sink their teeth into the work of one of the most gifted American dramatists to emerge in the late 20th century. Almost 50 years into his astounding career, Shepard continues to write plays, poems, short stories and to appear in major films.
Theatre Department Chair, and well-known director and actor Jerry Etienne takes on the formidable role of the irascible Montana rancher Baylor, father to Beth (Sarah Smith), the young woman married to Jake (James Cutler) an untamed force whose jealous obsession with her has led to a violent attack. The families become intertwined when Jake’s concerned brother Frankie (Andrew Tremblett) travels to Montana to find out the truth. The cast also features Grenfell actors Adam Kelly as Beth’s brother Mike, Missy Ryan as Jake’s mother Lorraine, Sierra Noseworthy as Jakes sister Sally and Kassie Lukeman as Beth’s mother Meg.
Guest Director Linda Moore returns to Grenfell to direct A Lie of the Mind, where she previously directed Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa and Minghella’s Two Planks and a Passion for the program. Moore was the Artistic Director of Neptune Theatre in Halifax for 10 years and continues to direct throughout Canada. Set Design is by Vickie Marston; Lights and Costumes are designed by roy Hansen-robitschek. Set Decoration, Props and Stage Management are executed by students of the Grenfell Stagecraft Program.