Theatre Northwest will present True West, a classic of the contemporary American theatre, on Friday, Nov. 21, Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. and
Sunday, Nov. 23 at 2:30 p.m. All tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door.
Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard, the production will feature Mike Zelisko of Merrillville and Luke May of Hammond. The story follows the sons of a desert-dwelling alcoholic and a suburban wanderer seeking meaning in Alaska and Pablo Picasso.
Theatre Northwest is located on the IU Northwest campus in Tamarack Hall and is conveniently located one block South of the Broadway Exit of I-80/94 (Borman Expressway). Ample, free parking is available. Call (219)980-6808 to make a reservation.
Celebrating its 42nd year, Theatre Northwest began with a troupe of five local actors that appeared in the comedy, "Bell, Book and Candle." Their effort launched locally produced plays that would eventually evolve into a Bachelor of Arts degree at program at IU Northwest in 1974. Since that time, Theatre Northwest's entire season has been produced exclusively by students and faculty with an open-casting policy offered to the community.
Jerry R. Taylor, associate professor of theatre and chairperson of IU Northwest's performing arts program, has been with the department for more than 19 years and serves as director of most of the seasonal productions. He has directed and/or designed nearly 250 college/university productions, and has also acted in numerous roles. A graduate of Ball State University and West Virginia State College, Taylor was the recipient of the Gulf-Life Insurance Grant to study theatre in England, and also received the Kennedy Center Festival Award of Merit for his direction of the 1997 Theatre Northwest production, All My Sons.