Description : Explores the rise of playwright Sam Shepard from an 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.
Description : 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.
Description : 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
Description : 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.»
Description : 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.
Description : 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.
Description : "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 l"
Author by : David J. DeRose
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Publisher by : New York : Twayne ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International
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Description : 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.