Sam Shepard
Sam Shepard

1996-97 Residency One Playwright


Sam Shepard was first produced in New York in 1963 at Theatre Genesis and many times at La MaMa and Café Cino. Eleven of his plays won Obie Awards including The Tooth of Crime (1972) and Curse of the Starving Class (1976). He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his play Buried Child (1979).  The critically acclaimed production of True West, starring Jon Malkovich and Gary Sinise opened in New York in 1982. Fool For Love (1982) starring Ed Harris received the Obie for Best Play and Direction. A Lie of the Mind (1985) won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Play. Simpatico opened at The Royal Court Theatre after its premiere at The Public Theater in 1994 and was made into a feature film by Matthew Warchus starring Nick Nolte and Sharon Stone. A revised Buried Child under the direction of Gary Sinise opened on Broadway in 1996 and was nominated for a Tony Award. Signature Theatre devoted its season to him that same year. Several new plays opened over the next 10 years in the United States and in London, most notably The Late Henry Moss and The God of Hell. Shepard collaborated with The Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland where Kicking a Dead Horse and Ages of the Moon premiered. As an actor he was perhaps best known for his roles in Days of Heaven, The Right Stuff and Frances. His third book, Day Out of Days was published in 2011. Shepard passed away July 30, 2017.

Past Productions

A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations)
The Late Henry Moss
When the World Was Green
Tooth of Crime
Killer's Head
The Sad Lament of Pecos Bill on the Eve of Killing his Wife
Curse of the Starving Class
Pictured above: Joe Chaikin and Sam Shepard. Photo by Lia Chang.

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