“I’ve enjoyed his work forever, because he writes about real people in a rather surreal way,” says director Verl Hite of Shepard. “Though the premise is a rather heavy-duty topic, it’s a very funny piece. It’s about people and their need to be loved and love each other.” Though this isn’t one of Shepard’s best-known works, Hite says it’s one of his best. “This is one of those shows — like all the great ones — where there’s something for everybody. The people that I would love to come see the show are those people that don’t know Sam Shepard. I would like to turn them on to this grand and glorious American playwright.”
A Lie of the Mind, which contains partial nudity and is intended for mature audiences, runs today through June 1 at the Bug, 3654 Navajo Street. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with two Sunday performances (May 18 and 25 at 6:30 p.m.) and a special pay-what-you-can show on Monday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $18 to $20, are available online at bugtheatre.org.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., May 18, 6:30 p.m.; Sun., May 25, 6:30 p.m. Starts: May 2. Continues through June 1, 2014