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’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).
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.
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 ).