‘When you’re alone like this – just sitting here – just the two of you – you can start to make stuff up.’

Two brothers, Earl and Ray, travel to Bernalillo New Mexico upon the mysterious death of their estranged father, Henry. Over a bottle of bourbon and a box of old photographs, they try to reconcile their very different childhood memories.

Earl’s version of Henry’s death doesn’t add up; so Ray determines to find the truth. As Ray plays detective we encounter Henry’s bizarre collection of friends as the story of his last days is uncovered.

Family tensions are blown apart as Ray discovers more than he’d bargained for…

First written in 2000 by actor, director and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Sam Shepard and performed only once in London this play about a family and home is “classic Shepard country that is at once familiar and heartbreakingly new” – The San Francisco Chronicle

Post Show Discussions:

Tuesday, 8 September with the director, Mel Hillyard, and some of the cast discussing the creative process.

Monday, 14 September ‘The Late Sam Shepard’ – How the recurring themes in Sam Shepard’s work manifest in his later plays where a particular preoccupation with mortality and the supernatural becomes more apparent with guest speaker Professor Stephen Bottoms, Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance of Manchester University, who wrote ‘The Theatre of Sam Shepard : States of Crisis’.

JUST ADDED: Thursday, 17 September with some of the cast discussing the play and the creative process.

Due to the content of this production it is recommended for those aged 14+.

Please note there is nudity and violence in this production.

The play is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited.

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Creative Team

Mel Hillyard

Cecilia Carey

Lighting Designer
Christopher Nairne

Sound Designer and Composer
Keir Vine

Movement Director
Lucie Pankhurst

Fight Director
Terry King

Dialect Coach
Kara Tsiaperas

Associate Designer
Patti Porteous

Casting Associate
Matthew Dewsbury

Assistant Director
Heather Ward

W14 Productions


Joseph Arkley
Harry Ditson
Joe Evans
Chris Jared
Jack Sandle
Carolina Valdés


Production Photos

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Photography by Mathew Foster

Rehearsal Photos

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Photography by Jack Sain

“The acting in this production is absolutely flawless”
★★★★★ London Box Office

“A masterpiece in human behaviour, and a must see for any theatregoer”
★★★★★ London Theatre 1

“A natural tension that is harnessed beautifully in director Mel Hillyard’s powerful production”
★★★★ The Public Reviews

“Authentic and atmospheric”
UK Theatre Network

“two stunning performances” British Theatre Guide

“A first rate thriller” Mature Times