Sam Shepard: In Memoriam

“Sam Shepard: Stalking Himself” (1998), Photo: Teale/Oren Jacoby Productions

GREAT PERFORMANCES mourns the passing of groundbreaking playwright, author, director and actor Sam Shepard, who passed away on July 27, 2017.  In 1998, GP memorably presented the documentary “Sam Shepard: Stalking Himself,” which examined the enduring power of Shepard’s plays and his vision of the mythical landscapes of America and its people, featuring the first in-depth on-camera interview that Shepard had ever granted.  In addition, “Stalking Himself” was paired with a special encore of “True West” starring John Malkovich and Gary Sinise, which had originally been a presentation of AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE in 1984.  And in November 2016, the New Group’s acclaimed revival of Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Buried Child” starring Ed Harris and Amy Madigan was broadcast on THIRTEEN’s Off-Broadway showcase THEATER CLOSE-UP.