In Sam Shepard's play True West, the truths that the title refers to are the stereotypes and caricatures that are reflected in the depiction of a "true" American West. In the play, these truths are the depiction of the American West as rugged, outside of the law, wild (in a geographic and/or moral sense), and often a bit degenerate. Austin and Lee, two brothers who are at odds with each other, are staying at their parents' house, where they both come up with screenplay ideas for a western themed film. While Austin, the younger brother who is depicted as more serious and law-abiding, originally is the one who is working on a screenplay and invites a film producer to consider his outline, Lee ends up captivating the film producer with his out-of-the-blue western themed screenplay idea. Lee, the rugged, haphazard, and thieving brother, snags the screenplay opportunity from Austin in a manner that could be representative of the stereotypical American West.