Broadway to Dim Lights in Memory of Sam Shepard

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Sam Shepard

The Pulitzer-winning playwright will be honored Wednesday night.

The Broadway community will honor the legacy of Sam Shepard on Wednesday night. Lights across theater marquees will be dimmed for one minute at 7:45 p.m. ET in memory of the influential American playwright and actor, who died Thursday at age 73.

Shepard debuted on Broadway with his contribution to the 1969 musical revue Oh! Calcutta! followed by the 1970 play Operation Sidewinder. After a 1976 revival of Oh! Calcutta!, he penned his 1996 play Buried Child, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize, and the 2000 work True West. His last Broadway play, 2015's Fool for Love, starred Sam Rockwell and Nina Arianda.

"Sam Shepard was a prolific storyteller who created provocative, thoughtful, and exciting work for Broadway, off-Broadway, and film. His original voice was a definite draw for audiences and had an undeniable influence on other artists," said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, in a statement. "He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues."

Beyond his Tony nominations for True West and Buried Child, and additional Pulitzer Prize nominations for True West and Fool for Love, Shepard received distinguished theater honors, including induction into the Theater Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was awarded the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2009.

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