A lie of the mind is a play written by sam shepard first staged at the off broadway promenade theater on 5 december 1985 the play was directed by shepard himself with stars harvey keitel as jake amanda plummer as beth aidan quinn as frankie geraldine page as lorraine and will patton as mike. A lie of the mind is a mesmerizing emotionally raw play that once again pulls the view into shepards distinctive world of disturbed reality and hungry hearts variety sam shepards a lie of the mind his newest and most mature work to date is a brilliant theatrical rendering a play of enormous emotional power and intellectual strength. His possessive and overprotective mother lorraine and his sister sally care for him until he slips away from them determined to see beth alive or dead one last time shepards a lie of the mind examines what it means to be a family and whether or not the family bond truly ties individuals together. Discussion of themes and motifs in sam shepards a lie of the mind enotes critical analyses help you gain a deeper understanding of a lie of the mind so you can excel on your essay or test. A lie of the mind opens on both side of a phone conversation between jake and frankie during the course of their phone conversation we learn that jake and frankie are brothers that frankie has beaten his wife to death or so he thinks and that frankie is trying to locate jake before he does any more damage to himself or someone else
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