Freelance theatre director Ed Madden explores the ties that bind, or perhaps unravel, throughout Sam Shepherd’s Family Trilogy, culminating in his most famous work, True West.

Shepherd himself wrote that “there was never a sense of evolving style… each play had a distinct life of its own.” Madden’s examination considers the threads running through these distinctions, weaving the trilogy into an enduring portrait of the disintegrating American Dream.