A Lie of the Mind

Play

Writers: Sam Shepard

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
3
First Produced
1985
Genres
Drama
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
in the first act there are no walls to define locations - only furniture and props and light in the bare space, in the second and third acts walls are brought in to delineate the rooms on either side of the stage. only two walls on each platform with no ceilings.
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Small
Dancing
None
Ideal for
professional theatre, university / college theatre, community theatre, amateur theatre
Casting Notes

Includes adult, mature adult characters

Synopsis

Beth has been violently beaten - to the point of brain damage - by her overly jealous husband, Jake. As the play begins, she is being cared for by her family. Her brother-in-law, Frankie soon arrives, trying to figure out if Beth survived Jake’s beating. Beth’s father, mistaking Frankie for a deer, shoots him in the leg, and then brings Frankie into their home to care for his injury. Meanwhile, Jake, convinced that he has killed his wife, is slipping into a downward spiral. His possessive and overprotective mother Lorraine, and his sister, Sally, care for him until he slips away from them, determined to see Beth, alive or dead, one last time. Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind examines what it means to be a family, and whether or not the family bond truly ties individuals together.

Lead Characters