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Remembering Sam Shepard

Read our 1975 profile of the late, great American playwright


The rise of the great American playwright and actor Sam Shepard, who died on Thursday at the age of 73, was in many ways intertwined with the rise of the Village Voice. In a 1965 issue of the Voice, Edward Albee reviewed one of Shepard’s first plays, Icarus’s Mother; the following year, the paper gave Shepard his first formal prize, an Obie Award for Best Distinguished Plays. On October 27, 1975, the Voice published Shepard’s first major profile, in which Irene Oppenheim and Victor Fascio christen the then-31-year-old “the most promising playwright in America today.”