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The Theatre of Sam Shepard

Author : Stephen J. Bottoms
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A comprehensive analysis of Sam Shepard's career from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Sam Shepard and the American Theatre

Author : Leslie A. Wade
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Explores the rise of playwright Sam Shepard from and Off-Off Broadway renegade to a Hollywood leading man. It views Shepard's work and persona against the identity politics of postwar American culture and the production modes of the American entertainment industry.

Inner Landscapes

Author : Ron Mottram
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"Sam Shepard has so often been called the preeminent playwright of his generation that the statement goes almost unchallenged today. Some have gone further in their praise: Partisan Review, for example, has described him as one of the two greatest dramatists of the American theater, the other being Eugene O'Neill. But despite that praise, and despite the fact that his plays have won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, there have been until now no extended studies of his work. Although primarily giving literary and dramatic analysis, Mottram also constructs a biographical context for the plays that is a blend of straightforward fact and Shepard's imaginative recreations of significant events in his own life. Shepard once wrote, "I'm taking notes in as much detail as possible on an event that's happening somewhere inside me"; that "event," fueled by what Shepard has called a library of stored images and experiences, constitutes an inner landscape that is expressed throughout the plays as well as in his collections of prose and poetry. This study traces some of the prominent features of that inner landscape, showing that Sam Shepard, like Walt Whitman before him, celebrates himself while simultaneously projecting a vision of America that is often profoundly disturbing."--Jacket.

Buried Child

Author : Sam Shepard
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THE STORY: The setting is a squalid farm home occupied by a family filled with suppressed violence and an unease born of deep-seated unhappiness. The characters are a ranting alcoholic grandfather; a sanctimonious grandmother who goes on drinking b

Sam Shepard

Author : Laura J. Graham
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One of the most exciting and produced American playwrights of the second half of this century, Sam Shepard's writing career began in 1964 and continues today. This book examines the playwright's canon first from the perspective of dramatic analysis and intertextuality in terms of theme and performance vocabulary, then from the director's perspective in interpretation for performance. The book is useful to the scholar, the theatre professional, and the theatre goer. Shepard's dramaturgy is analyzed both in terms of dramatic and cinematic influences and of its originality. The author examines how Shepard has synthesized these influences into the unique contemporary dramatic form which Graham terms «Metarealism.»

Sam Shepard Arthur Kopit and the Off Broadway Theater

Author : Doris Auerbach
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Joseph Chaikin Sam Shepard

Author : Joseph Chaikin
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Friends since 1964, correspondents since 1972, playwright Sam Shepard and director Joseph Chaikin established independent reputations - Chaikin with such Open Theatre landmarks as America Hurrah and The Serpent; Shepard with celebrated plays, including The Tooth of Crime - before becoming close collaborators in 1978. The texts of their remarkable creations - Tongues, Savage / Love and The War in Heaven - are included here, together with notes and - most important - the deeply personal, exploratory letters which detail their passionate pursuit of a new language for the stage.

Sam Shepard

Author : David J. DeRose
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From the 1964 "off-off" Broadway premiere of his first play, Cowboys, to the post-Desert Storm opening of his recent States of Shock, Sam Shepard has won public praise, survived critical attack, and stirred repeated controversy as one of America's most original theatrical talents. With hallucinatory plays populated by cowboys, rock stars, space aliens, and other archetypal figures of American pop culture, Shepard has reshaped the course of modern American drama. His dramatic portraits of the dysfunctional American family, composed in theatrical states of exploded consciousness, expose the lurking chaos and inherent violence of post-modern American society. His relentless artistic output has moved him from the fringe of American culture to ever-widening popular recognition, culminating in his 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the tribute of seeing his plays surpass even those of Tennessee Williams as the most frequently produced in this country. David DeRose's study of Shepard is the most comprehensive to date, with commentary on all the plays, including Shepard's early "lost" plays, his experimentations in music theater, and his most recent work, States of Shock. DeRose draws on his access to many of Shepard's unpublished works and his personal exposure to Shepard's plays in production at Yale University, in New York City, and at the Magic Theater in San Francisco. His dual perspective as scholar and director provides unusual and penetrating insights into Shepard's theatrical intentions and thematic concerns. Written in smooth and highly accessible prose, Sam Shepard will serve as the definitive work on the playwright for years to come.

Sam Shepard

Author : Don Shewey
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Sam Shepard's outlandish, nightmarish, yet lyrical plays -- The Tooth of Crime, Buried Child, True West, Fool for Love, A Lie of the Mind, and dozens of others -- have garnered him a Pulitzer Prize and a lasting reputation as one of America's greatest living playwrights. His charismatic performances in movies like Days of Heaven, The Right Stuff, Country, and Thunderheart -- as well as his screenplay for Paris, Texas -- have made him an indelible presence in American film. Rock'n'roller, rancher, and rodeo prizewinner, he has toured with Bob Dylan, hung out with the Rolling Stones, had an affair with Patti Smith, and married Jessica Lange. Yet throughout he has remained an enigmatic figure. In this acclaimed biography, now fully updated, Don Shewey explores the life and works of this American visionary, illuminating Shepard's unique success in straddling the divide between serious artist and pop-culture hero. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

The Cambridge Companion to Sam Shepard

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Few American playwrights have exerted as much influence on the contemporary stage as Sam Shepard. His plays are performed on and off Broadway and in all the major regional American theatres. They are also widely performed and studied in Europe, particularly in Britain, Germany and France, finding both a popular and scholarly audience. In this collection of seventeen original essays, American and European authors from different professional and academic backgrounds explore the various aspects of Shepard's career - his plays, poetry, music, fiction, acting, directing and film work. The volume covers the major plays, including Curse of the Starving Class, Buried Child, and True West, as well as other lesser known but vitally important works. A thorough chronology of Shepard's life and career, together with biographical chapters, a note from the legendary Joseph Chaikin, and an interview with the playwright, give a fascinating first-hand account of an exuberant and experimental personality.

Sam Shepard

Author : Harold Bloom
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Sam Shepard is one of America's most prolific dramatists, as well as a screenplay writer, memoirist, and successful film actor. His irreverent, satirical, and nostalgic treatment of American popular culture has attracted a cult following as well as the re

Sam Shepard and the Aesthetics of Performance

Author : E. Creedon
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By concentrating on Sam Shepard's visual aesthetics, Emma Creedon argues that a consideration of Shepard's plays in the context of visual and theoretical Surrealism illuminates our understanding of his experimental approach to drama.

Sam Shepard s Metaphorical Stages

Author : Lynda Hart
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A wonderfully helpful survey of the drama of Sam Shepard. It is bound to find many eager readers among those who are either intrigued or baffled--or both--by the plays of this still-young playwright whom many think contemporary America's finest. Choice America's most highly acclaimed contemporary playwright continues to puzzle critics, even as his reputation grows and his imagination seeks new creative channels. Finding the dramatist difficult to classify, critics and scholars continue to search for the central direction of Shepard's creative development. Lynda Hart's study, which focuses on ten representative plays, is the first book to examine Shepard's growth and development as a dramatist within and against the historical tradition. Offering a unified critical perspective, the author considers the plays from both a literary standpoint and as texts for performance. Resources include a bibliography that offers the most complete listing of relevant critical writings.

Sam Shepard Concise Introduction

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Ed Madden, Theatre Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, details the life and work of American playwright, screenwriter and actor Sam Shepard (1943-2017). Madden considers how the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer subverted the conventions of American domestic naturalism and explores his use of familial relationships as a means to examine national themes in plays such as True West and Buried Child.

A Body Across the Map

Author : Michael Taav
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As an actor, screenwriter, director, short story writer, and, most significantly, a playwright, Sam Shepard has long been an important figure on the American cultural landscape. A Body Across the Map focuses on the character conflict central to Shepard's most significant plays; that between fathers and sons. Beginning with The Rock Garden and concluding with A Lie of the Mind, this analysis shows how Shepard's worldview has evolved over a 20-year span. A long-standing pessimist who saw Oedipal revenge as a necessity, and genetic determination as inescapable, Shepard ultimately disavows these dark worldviews in favor of one where gentleness, spiritual generosity, cooperation, and the acceptance of long-denied truths prevail over rage, self-interest, and biological predestination.

Angel City Other Plays

Author : Sam Shepard
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Sam Shepard

Author : Kimball King
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Memory in Play

Author : A. Favorini
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This innovative study examines the role of memory in the history of theatre and drama. Favorini analyzes issues of memory in self-construction, collective memory, the clash of memory and history and even explores what the work of cognitive scientists can teach us about brain function and our response to drama.

Sam Shepard

Author : Johan Callens
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First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

True West

Author : Sam Shepard
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Austin, working on his Hollywood screenplay, is disturbed by the arrival of his estranged brother, Lee, just returned from three months in the desert. During a brief spell of uneasy cohabitation in their absent mother's house, Lee employs himself as a door-to-door burglar before killing his brother's film idea by pitching his own to Austin's producer. But Lee is no writer and the brothers must strike a deal, escalating sibling rivalry to fever pitch in the blazing Californian heat. Sam Shephard's True West was first performed at the Magic Theatre, San Francisco, in 1980 and has since become recognised as an American classic.