A Lie of the Mind - NIU - School of Theatre and Dance

A Lie of the Mind

By Sam Shepard

Arguably the epitome of soap opera-esque storytelling, A Lie of the Mind probes the destinies of two families connected by marriage, but divided by as many emotions as can be attributable to the more frail side of human nature - jealousy, distrust, possessiveness and anger, as well the need for revenge and a desire for love. Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind explores the structure of the American family as well as the delusions, the "lies of the mind," that individuals construct both for each other and for themselves in order to survive, and which ultimately isolate everyone from reality. "Sam Shepard is surely the only dramatist alive who could tell a story as sad and frightening as this one and make such a funny play of it without ever skimping on its emotional depth." - The New Yorker