Actors Theater of Louisville will present a performance as part of the Brown-Forman series of productions by an award-winning author through Dec. 9.

The production of Sam Shepard's "True West" is the story of two brothers in a modern-day Cain and Abel story brought to life on the Louisville stage.

Two estranged brothers from different worlds collide once again into each others' lives when the two meet in their mother's kitchen in California. Austin, a well-educated man hoping to work out a screenplay deal, doesn't associate with his estranged brother Lee, known as a thieving con man. Yet once Lee comes up with his own big idea and steals more than just the neighbors' TV to get ahead of his brother, the siblings find they might not be such opposites after all. After a few challenges and many drinks, both brothers compete and collide in a tale that tests limits and the idea of "brotherly love," a release said.

True West first appeared on stage at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco in 1980, where Shepard was the resident playwright.

Adam Rapp will serve as the director of the production at Actors Theatre. This is Rapp's third time directing a play at Actors Theatre, as he previously directed two productions, "Finer Noble Gases" and "The Edge of Our Bodies" during the 2002 and 2011 seasons.

"This is a dynamic and hilarious play," Les Water, Actors Theatre's artistic director, said in a release. "I think director Adam Rapp will bring a wickedly smart, kindred sensibility to Shepard's brilliance."

Actors for the production include Nate Miller as Austin, William Apps as Lee, Connor Barrett as Saul Kimmer and Emily McDonnell as Mom.

Miller returns to the Actors Theatre stage after his recent role of Mercutio in "Romeo and Juliet," while Apps, Barrett and McDonnell make their Actors Theatre debuts.

"True West" is recommended for adults and high school-aged children grades 9 and up because of strong language and content. Each performance is approximately two hours and five minutes. A schedule of performances is available online at

Tickets may be purchased by phone at (502) 584-1205 or online at