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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 2, 2006

(Mahwah) – The theater program of Ramapo College of New Jersey will present Sam Shepard’s True West October 19, 20 and 25 – 27 at 8 p.m. in the Adler Theater on the college campus.   Additional performances will be presented on October 21 and 28 at 2 and 8 p.m.  Maria Vail, an associate professor of theater at the college, will direct the play.

True West is a wild and twisted saga of two warring brothers, an oblivious mother and an absentee derelict father, not to mention a typewriter and a stage full of toasters.  Set in a materialistic, structured California suburb on the edge of the desert, the play depicts a ferocious psychic battle that, through a strange kind of role reversal, turns the brothers into funhouse-mirror reflections of each other.  True West shines a merciless light on the classic story of the American West and leaves the audience thinking about myths that defy retrieval, individual identity and the primal capacity for violence.

This production showcases the talents of Ramapo College theater program students:  Jacqueline Byrne, Maywood; Michael T. Clark, Washingtonville, NY; Matt Enhoffe, Wantage; Nicole MacDonald, Marlboro; Martin Moi, Tuxedo, NY; Pamela Ross, Flemington; and Scott Van Der Sluys, Hamburg.

All performances will be in the Adler Theater, located in the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts on the campus of Ramapo College.  Tickets are $10.  For ticket information, contact (201) 684 – 7844. 


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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