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Sam Shepard’s death sees Broadway go dark

Sam Shepard won a Pulitzer Prize in 1979

Sam Shepard won a Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his play "Buried Child." Photo Credit: Getty Images / Frederick M. Brown

The Great White Way will go dark Wednesday evening to pay its respects to Sam Shepard.

The marquees of theaters will dim their lights around 7:45 p.m. for one minute to recognize the decades of work he brought to the stage as both a playwright and actor, according to Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League.

“His original voice was a definite draw for audiences and had an undeniable influence on other artists,” she said in a statement. “He will be greatly missed.”

Shepard died Thursday at the age of 73 from complications related to ALS. His play “Buried Child” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1979, and a 1996 revival earned a Tony nomination.

Shepard also received a Tony nomination for the 2000 revival of his play “True West.”


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