With his American Place Theatre and his teaching, he launched countless essential theatrical careers, though he was humble to a fault.
In a Roundabout revival of the nearly 40-year-old play, it holds up as a withering portrait of the myths and traps of American masculinity.
Also on the slate are two comedies by Lynn Nottage and revivals of work by former resident playwrights Athol Fugard, Will Eno, and Sam Shepard.
Sam Shepard and Meryl Streep both made defining marks on New York stages before wandering afield.
Suzan-Lori Parks, Robert Woodruff, Jean-Claude van Itallie, and Loretta Greco recall what America’s great bard of the West meant to them.
It started with acting exercises. Then in one night my life changed.
Playwrights superimpose ancient myths over contemporary concerns, in a theatrical alchemy that makes the old seem new again—and the new seem timeless.
Check out what happened in theatres across the country many Octobers ago!
Laurie Stone reviews a new book on Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark’s relationship.
Sam Shepard, like Elvis, has found an infectious groove in the cracks of American mythology.