"Home is where you are loved the most and act the worst." -Marjorie Pay Hinckley
What drives us hurt the people we love? And what stories do we tell ourselves to make it okay? In Shepard's darkly-comedic masterpiece, two estranged families are linked by a marriage both would rather forget - until a violent dispute forces them back together. Part myth, part life, part love story, this is a tale about growing up in the shadow of the American dream, about how our past generations shape our present lives, and about breaking out of the molds we inherit to find our way home. Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play in 1986, A Lie of the Mind probes the complex workings of the human heart and our ability to reconcile reality with illusion. Running time: A little over 3 hours, including one 15 minute intermission.
Check out our Cast and Crew Video Intros... (Scroll below for cast list)
(Photos by Russ Rowland. Click either photo below for photo gallery.)
TALKBACKS (starting at 10:15pm, free with admission):
March 6, 2013- Topic: Violence Against Women
Speaker: Jenni Prisk, founder of the non-profit Voices Of Women.
March 7, 2013 - Topic: Actor-Driven Theater
Q&A with the cast and creative team of A LIE OF THE MIND.
March 13, 2013 - Topic: Living With Brain Injuries
Speaker: Nick Linnehan, brain injury survivor and Artistic Director of Identity Theater Company.
March 14, 2013 - Topic: The Works of Sam Shepard
Speaker: Dr. Gary Vena, Theater Historian and Professor
THE REVIEWS ARE IN!
Chris McKittrick, Daily Actor - "This is one of the largest and, across the board, strongest casts The Seeing Place has ever had in one of the company’s productions...When people I know in theater ask me what growing company I think has its act together (horrible pun not intended), The Seeing Place is always the first that comes to mind."
Nick Linnehan, Theater That Matters - "The Seeing Place dives right in and never backs off. Their total commitment to this beast of a play is compelling and commendable. Simply, 'A Lie of the Mind' does not disappoint...This is definitely a must see. The Seeing Place is not letting it go, as it should be, unnoticed. They are offering talk-backs about some of the hot spots that this play deals with. This is truly Theater That Matters and I hope you will go see it and reflect, as I did, on the timeliness of the issues found in the play."
Richard Cameron, The Examiner - "TOP PICK. The theatre is located just a stones throw from Studio 54 and offers the best theatre bang for your theatre buck...This cast and play is a must see for those who want to leave the theatre talking. A Theatre Chat top pick for $12.00 - hold off on a few coffees and be entertained..."
Jenni Prisk, Actors Alliance Center Stage - "When theatre lovers go to New York, they follow the yellow brick road to Broadway shows. Yet there is much to be gained from taking a side road to an off-off-Broadway theatre as I discovered recently [in] The Seeing Place. Their current production of Sam Shepard’s 'A Lie of the Mind' that closes March 17 (and plays in repertory with Miss Julie) is an intense, intelligent and inspiring piece of theatre. Shepard loves to plumb the depths of the human condition. This production, directed by Brandon Walker who plays Jake, takes no prisoners. Erin Cronican is a standout as the beaten and bowed Beth whose delicate climb to the light as she searches for love is a delight to watch. Walker’s Jake, who has beaten her to a pulp and left her for dead, is wracked with guilt and pain, and an overwhelming need for a woman’s love, that he doesn’t know how to get. Janice Hall plays Jake’s mother with resilience and resignation. Quixotic Magan Wiles, steady and true Jason Wilson, troubled Philip Lakin, passive Alan Altschuler and an anxious Mary Lahti complete the ensemble, each playing with depth and understanding of their characters in this excellent production. The Seeing Place is a theatre to watch!"
Mark Savitt, Hi! Drama - "Kudos to this underfunded company for doing such a bang-up job with Shepard's difficult epic. While we can't be sure that the wounded will ever fully recover, or that the Vietnam War damaged America of this play's era will ever again support healthy family life, I'll bet that Seeing Place will continue to do more wonderful challenging work. Rated: HAPPY FACE"
Jennifer Szulman, Review Fix - "The acting never stops. Even when the spotlight isn’t on the actors in focus, the ones in the dark are still in character and are never lazy in their delivery...For the low price of admission, The Seeing Place Theater puts on a good show. The play runs over three hours long but has a strong cast of dedicated actors who work hard to bring this emotional piece of literature to life."
"ukpol", Patron via Theatermania - "I saw this play on Saturday March 9th and was enthralled from beginning to end. All of the actors were first rate and perfectly suited to their roles. It is a most engaging story of two completely (may one say) mad families reluctantly intertwined. Their tortured attempts to communicate were pitiful to watch and yet one could not turn away. It is a truly professional piece of American theatre not to be missed."
"MikSod", Patron via Theatermania - "First time I ever saw - and listened to (!) - a staging of this Shepard play. And it truly came alive for me. Excellent depth in the studies allowed the actors to find what seemed spontaneous and fresh ways to express their characters as well as their interactions with each other. And that's a challenge in a play in which paranoia, obsession, estrangement and dissociation dictate the relationships. As well as actual brain dysfunction for the character of Beth. All of the cast - devoted, intense, quick and sensitive - triumphed. And knowing that this staging included the director in the role of Jake makes the achievement even more impressive. His final farewell from Beth, played with equal amount of physical and psycho-emotional virtuosity by Erin Cronican, moved me without trying to do so. I will revisit and follow where this troupe takes itself - it promises to be an exciting alternative on the New York scene, free of compromise and with its artistic heart and mind in a very sane and respectful place."
"josephg60", Patron via Theatermania - "THIS PLAY WAS AMAZING!! I saw it yesterday afternoon and from the start Brandon Walker draws you in and Erin Cronican was exceptional. The entire cast a WOW!!! Extremely talented. I highly recommend that everyone see this. I look forward to supporting this theater group!!"
"rwbrowne", Patron via Theatermania - "There's not much time left ot see Lie of the Mind so I suggest you skip the review and go get your tickets. The performances were excellent, dynamic and heartfelt. Nothing mechanical about this company of actors. I saw the show three times. Why ? Because every night it is different. The actions between the characters changes, the blocking changes, and the musicality of the ensemble works changes. This company is alive and you'll feel that way too after seeing Lie of the Mind by the Seeing Place Theater.'got your ticket?"
"JimLahti", Patron via Theatermania - "All successful works of art must function on several different levels simultaneously: emotional, intellectual, psychological, and visceral, to name a few. The production of Sam Shepard's "A Lie of the Mind" with the Seeing Place Theater falls into this category and the really happy news is that on every level this company has met the challenges Shepard presents them with; they have stepped up to the plate more than admirably here. From the lighting and sound design and costumes to the impeccable directing to the truly outstanding and engaging performances by an amazing cast, this interpretation of this very intense and moving piece of theater is spot on. These actors are invested in the characters they are portraying and that investment pulls the audience in as well. As damaged as these people might be, we find ourselves caring about them. We find ourselves being deeply disturbed and if we are truly listening to what is happening up on the stage, we find ourselves being challenged to some serious self-examination as well. For anyone who prefers their theatrical experience to be a hearty meal rather than fast food or a sugar-infused snack, this is an extraordinary play with an extraordinary company and you really should make a point of seeing it."
Peter James Ferraro, Patron via Facebook - "Saw A Lie of the Mind this past weekend. Great theater! The show was intense & the cast terrific. Can't wait to come back to see future productions."
Cast (in order of appearance):
Frankie - Jason Wilson
Jake - Brandon
Beth - Erin
Mike - Philip Lakin*
Lorraine - Janice Hall*
Sally - Magan Wiles*
Baylor - Alan
Meg - Mary Lahti
Director - Brandon Walker+*
Producers - Brandon Walker+* & Erin Cronican+*
Assistant Direction - Magan Wiles*
Costume & Properties Design - Gabrielle Loneck
Lighting Design - Christopher D'Angelo
Light Board Operator- Steven McMullen
+ = Company
* = Member of AEA
This production is produced alongside our off-night production of the classic, psycho-drama, Miss Julie.