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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16 known characters

3 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Jessica Arden
2013, Meg
Eleanor Hicks
2012, Meg
Gulbenkian Theatre
Alessandra D'Averio
2011, Meg
Julia Savill
Julia Savill
Actor
2008, Meg
Lighthouse Theatre Poole
Jayni Lee
Jayni Lee
Actor
2000, Meg

Alternative Names

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