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True West | Scene Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Night

    Austin tries to write, but Lee keeps talking. Austin refuses to let Lee use his car.

    Act 1, Scene 1
  • Next morning

    Austin lends Lee the car so he'll go out while Austin meets with Saul.

    Act 1, Scene 2
  • That afternoon

    During Austin's meeting with Saul, Lee arrives and pitches his script.

    Act 1, Scene 3
  • That evening

    Austin agrees to write Lee's script outline, but the brothers disagree about the plot.

    Act 1, Scene 4
  • Next morning

    Lee comes back from golf with Saul and tells Austin he convinced Saul to buy his script.

    Act 2, Scene 5
  • That evening

    Lee attempts to write his script but ends up drinking with Austin.

    Act 2, Scene 7
  • Next morning

    Austin has stolen toasters from the neighborhood. Lee destroys the typewriter.

    Act 2, Scene 8
  • Afterward

    Austin wants to go to the desert. Lee agrees to take him if Austin writes the script.

    Act 2, Scene 8
  • Midday

    Mom returns unexpectedly from Alaska to find Austin writing Lee's script and her house in chaos.

    Act 2, Scene 9
  • Next

    Lee revokes his offer to take Austin to the desert. Austin strangles Lee.

    Act 2, Scene 9
  • Then

    Mom leaves. Lee gets up and blocks Austin's attempt to escape.

    Act 2, Scene 9

Scene Summaries Chart

Scene Summary
Act 1, Scene 1 It's night in a Southern California suburb. The sound of crickets fills the air. Adult brothers Austin and Lee, together... Read More
Act 1, Scene 2 Back in the alcove in the morning, Austin waters plants and Lee drinks beer. Lee has toured the house and noticed their ... Read More
Act 1, Scene 3 In the afternoon of the same day, Austin sits in the alcove with producer Saul Kimmer, who is enthusiastic about Austin'... Read More
Act 1, Scene 4 That night after the meeting with Saul, Austin types as Lee dictates the plot of his movie. They disagree on whether the... Read More
Act 2, Scene 5 As the play moves along in time, the next morning Lee has returned from golf with Saul. He claims Saul liked the outline... Read More
Act 2, Scene 6 It's afternoon, and Saul Kimmer is at the house explaining the situation to Austin. Saul says he was impressed by Lee's ... Read More
Act 2, Scene 7 That night, Lee types by candlelight. Austin is lying on the floor, drunk, and singing loudly, to Lee's annoyance. The c... Read More
Act 2, Scene 8 It's dawn the next day, and the brothers have been up all night. Lee is smashing the typewriter with a golf club. He's b... Read More
Act 2, Scene 9 It's the middle of the day. Yellow light fills the kitchen and alcove, still in the same messy condition as in Scene 8. ... Read More
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