RIP Sam Shepard, 73...

Reply Mon 31 Jul, 2017 09:32 am
Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-Winning Playwright and Actor, Is Dead at 73

Sam Shepard, the celebrated avant-garde playwright and Oscar-nominated actor, died at his home in Kentucky
on Thursday of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, a spokesman for the
Shepard family announced on Monday. He was 73.

One of the most important and influential early writers in the Off Broadway movement, Mr. Shepard captured
and chronicled the darker sides of American family life in plays like “Buried Child,” which won the Pulitzer Prize
for drama in 1979, and “Curse of the Starving Class” and “A Lie of the Mind.”

He was widely regarded as one of the most original voices of his generation, winning praise from critics for his
searing portraits of spouses, siblings and lovers struggling with issues of identity, failure and the fleeting nature
of the American dream. He was nominated for two other Pulitzers, for “True West” and “Fool for Love,” which
both received Broadway productions.

Mr. Shepard was also an accomplished actor, nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in
“The Right Stuff.” His most recent work was in the Netflix show “Bloodline,” where he appeared as the
character of Robert Rayburn. He also appeared on New York stages, winning strong reviews for his
performance in the Off Broadway production of Caryl Churchill’s “A Number” in 2004.
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Reply Mon 31 Jul, 2017 09:47 am
@Region Philbis,
I remember him. Well, not personally, but I remember our going to one of his plays, True West. I forget what year that was, but we saw it in Los Angeles.

Rest in peace, Sam.
Reply Mon 31 Jul, 2017 11:01 am
I saw the movie True West with Gary Sinise and John Malkovich. Unfortunately it's out of print, and those copies that are available are expensive. It's about two brothers, one good and one bad, at least it seems that way at first. By the way, it's not a western.

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Reply Mon 31 Jul, 2017 12:44 pm
Sam, Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsburg at Kerouac's grave
Reply Mon 31 Jul, 2017 12:56 pm
Nice photo, Edgar. Touching!
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Reply Tue 1 Aug, 2017 10:39 am
True West is a play by American playwright Sam Shepard.

True West

Written by Sam Shepard
Characters Austin
Saul Kimmer

Date premiered July 10, 1980
Place premiered Magic Theatre, San Francisco, California
Original language English
Genre Drama

Some critics consider it the third of a Family Trilogy which includes Curse of the Starving Class (1976) and Buried Child (1979).[1] Others consider it part of a quintet which includes Fool for Love (1983) and A Lie of the Mind (1985).[2]

True West was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1983.[3]
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Reply Tue 1 Aug, 2017 11:43 am
The complete movie, True West, with Gary Sinise and John Malkovich is available on YouTube. I tried to put in the URL but it doesn't work.
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Reply Wed 2 Aug, 2017 08:53 am
A good read for Shepard and/or Patti Smith fans.

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Reply Thu 3 Aug, 2017 08:10 pm
More from Sam.

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