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A Tribute to Sam Shepard, Pioneer of New York’s Off-Broadway stage

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and actor Sam Shepard,  who passed away today at age 73, is remembered for many classic film roles and triumphant plays which embodied a gritty American aesthetic.

But he was also a pivotal contributor to the development of Off and Off-Off Broadway theater in New York City during the 1960s and early 1970s. In fact, I think it’s fair to say we would not have such a healthy independent theater scene without his influence.

This morning I looked at his early work in a New York City in this series of tweets. Here’s the tweet series along with some additional information:

Image at top courtesy the official Sam Shepard website, taken at the Magic Theatre, San Francisco, 1983, photographer unknown