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Sam Shepard conquered both stage and screen

Sam Shepard was an American playwright, actor, author, screenwriter, and director.
Sam Shepard was an American playwright, actor, author, screenwriter, and director.

Sam Shepard’s work spanned over half a century. He wrote 44 plays,  several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs.

He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play “Buried Child.”  He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in film “The Right Stuff” (1983).

Shepard received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2009. New York magazine described him as “the greatest American playwright of his generation.

Shepard’s plays are known for their bleak, poetic, often surrealist elements, black humor, and rootless characters living on the outskirts of American society. His style evolved over the years, from the absurdism of his early off-off-Broadway work to the realism of “Buried Child” and “Curse of the Starving Class” (both 1978).

Visit Shepard’s website here.

The obituaries:

Playbill.comThe Off-Broadway pioneer’s works included “Buried Child” and “Fool for Love.”

Variety: Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-Winning Playwright and Celebrated Actor, Dies at 73

New York TimesSam Shepard, Pulitzer-Winning Playwright and
Actor, Is Dead at 73

The Washington PostSam Shepard, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor, dies at 73

Vanity FairSam Shepard, Prolific Playwright and Actor, Dies at 73

CNN: Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-winning playwright and actor, dead at 73

The GuardianSam Shepard, playwright and actor, dies age 73

Broadway shows on TV: ‘Nance’ tonight, ‘Hairspray Live!’ next week

Lewis J. Stadlen as Efram, Cady Huffman as Sylvie, Nathan Lane as Chauncey Miles and Jonny Orsini as Ned in "The Nance." (PHOTO: Joan Marcus)
Lewis J. Stadlen as Efram, Cady Huffman as Sylvie, Nathan Lane as Chauncey Miles and Jonny Orsini as Ned in “The Nance.” (PHOTO: Joan Marcus)

Is it me or is there a lot more theater on TV? And at movie theaters? And other non traditional venues which is all a really good thing.

On Monday (Nov. 28) we had #TheaterOnTV with “Buried Child” as part of the #PBSTheater Close-Up series.

Downstage, Taissa Farmiga, Nat Wolff and Ed Harris in "Buried Child." (PHOTO: Monique Carboni)
Downstage, Taissa Farmiga, Nat Wolff and Ed Harris in “Buried Child.” (PHOTO: Monique Carboni)

Tonight at 9 on Channel 13 is an encore performance of “The Nance” with the amazing #NathanLane as a closeted gay burlesque comic. (repeats on Channel 13  at 1:30 a.m. Dec. 6, plus streaming live on various PBS stations ).

Next week, Dec. 7, we get #HairsprayLive with major theater folks #KristinChenoweth#HarveyFierstein #JenniferHudson and civilians with talent.

Logo for "Hairspray Live!"

This is a good thing! So watch them all so ratings go up and TV network executives decide to air more. Use all the social media you can as well.