Profile Theatre’s Artistic Director Adriana Baer has announced that Sam Shepard will be the featured playwright of the 2013-2014 Season.
“Sam Shepard has a uniquely American voice,” says Baer. “Rural, rough, poetic, violent, and musical. His plays are distinctly of the West, rooted in dreams and longings we all recognize – for family, home, and self- understanding – but moving to their own rhythm. Shepard captures what it feels like to be an American – the good, bad, ugly, and profoundly beautiful. “I am honored to be able to commit an entire season to one of the most important writers of our time. As a director, I find Shepard’s work uniquely balanced between the sacred and the profane and though sometimes absurd, each play is filled with emotional truth, working the heart as well as the psyche.”
Profile has not yet announced which plays will be presented in their Shepard season, but will present four Main Stage productions and a number of supplemental programs (readings, lectures, and events) as part of Profile’s new In Dialogue Series. Baer will announce the full season lineup in the spring.
About the Playwright:
Sam Shepard was born in 1943 in Fort Sheridan, Illinois. He worked as a farmhand and musician before moving to New York to begin his career as a playwright. His first productions, the one-acts Cowboys and The Rock Garden, were performed at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery. His first full-length play, La Turista, was performed at the American Place Theatre and won an Obie Award in 1967. Mr. Shepard spent several seasons with La Mama and Caffe Cino in New York and as playwright-in-residence at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. In 1979, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Buried Child. His other plays include Icarus’s Mother (1965), The Unseen Hand (1969), Cowboy Mouth (1971), The Tooth of Crime (1972), Geography of a Horse Dreamer (1974), The Sad Lament of Pecos Bill on the Eve of Killing His Wife (1976), Suicide in B Flat (1976), Curse of the Starving Class (1977), True West (1980), Fool for Love (1983), A Lie of the Mind (1985), Eyes for Consuela (1998), The Late Henry Moss (2000), The God of Hell (2004) and Heartless (2012). His screenplay for Paris, Texas won the Golden Palm Award at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. In 1986, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 1992 he received their Gold Medal for Drama. Mr. Shepard is also a director and film actor.