Plays Directory : A Lie of the Mind

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Sam Shephard
  • Written
    1985
  • Setting
    America
  • Overview
    a play written by Sam Shepard, first staged at the off-Broadway Promenade Theater on 5 December 1985. The play was directed by Shepard himself with stars Harvey Keitel as Jake, Amanda Plummer as Beth, Aidan Quinn as Frankie, Geraldine Page as Lorraine, and Will Patton as Mike. The music was composed and played by the North Carolina bluegrass group the Red Clay Ramblers.

    Told in three acts set in the gritty American West, the story alternates between two families after a severe incident of spousal abuse leaves all their lives altered until the final collision at an isolated cabin. The two families, one composed of Baylor, Meg, Beth, and Mike, the other composed of Lorraine, Sally, Frank, and Jake are connected by the marriage of Jake and Beth, whose beating and subsequent hospitalization at the hands of Jake initiates the beginning of the play. Exploring family dysfunction and the nature of love, the play follows Jake as he searches for meaning after Beth, and her family, as they struggle with Beth's brain damage.

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15 known characters

3 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Suave Syragakis
2019, Frankie
Isaiah Smith
Isaiah Smith
Actor
2019, Frankie
Bonnabel Theatre
Vaughan Eells
2018, Lead
Ebba Sig
Ebba Sig
Actor
2018, Lorraine
The Barn Theatre
Jamie Taylor-Mills
2017, Frankie
Alexi Armitage
2017, Baylor
Andrew Bilbie
2017, Jake
Morningside Church
Holly Hudson
Holly Hudson
Actor
2017, Sally
Paul Wallis
Paul Wallis
Scenic Artist
2017, Lead Scenic Artist
Southwark Playhouse
Esther Wilkes
2017, Beth
Edinburgh Napier Morningside Campus
Lily Maryon
Lily Maryon
Actor
2016, Meg
The Bellamy Theatre, Clemson, SC.
Sam Izaacs
Sam Izaacs
Actor
2016, Frankie
Lewis Newman
Lewis Newman
Actor
2015, Baylor
Rose Bruford College
Angelo Leal
Angelo Leal
Actor
2015, Frankie
Lester Martin Theatre - NYC,NY
Gabrielle Robertson
Gabrielle Robertson
Sound Engineer
2015, Sound Designer
The Barn Theatre
Kieran Ludlam
Kieran Ludlam
Assistant Stage Manager
2015, Assistant Stage Manager
Rose Bruford College
Hebe Renard
Hebe Renard
Actor
2015, Sally
Barn theatre
Abigail Snow
Abigail Snow
Actor
2015, Beth
The Barn Theatre
Charlie O'Connor
2015, Jake
Thomas Maryan
2015, Frankie
Barn Theatre

Alternative Names

A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard, Lie of the Mind