A Lie of the Mind
By Sam Shepard

“Love… its a disease that makes ya’ feel good. While it lasts. Then, when it’s gone, yer worse off than before you caught it.”

THE PLAY – A co-production with Stage Traffic

America. The great wide open.

Two families torn apart by more than one brutal marriage. Out of this bleak landscape emerges a human spirit that burns bright.

At heart a love story, this poetic and gritty play explores the ambivalence of family relationships, of love lost and found, against the backdrop of a macho American West.

Defibrillator’s production immerses you in Shepard’s world and features live music from acclaimed composer and musician James Marples.

The New York Times on A Lie of the Mind: “Mr. Shepard’s richest and most penetrating play, a 20th-century masterwork of a family portrait.”

What’s On Stage on The Hotel Plays by Tennessee Williams: “Defibrillator’s production is both intelligent and winningly unpretentious.”

The Times

“Extraordinary performances…go see”


“Powerful a bruising love poem”