Say­ing thanks to Sam Shep­ard

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - Charles McNulty’s in­sight­ful eu­logy of Sam Shep­ard [“A Cool Streak: The Cow­boy Play­wright Rewrote the Rules of the Stage,” Aug. 1] brought

back many heart­felt mem­o­ries of Sam’s early work in New York. As a now 71-yearold play­wright, I am a card­car­ry­ing mem­ber of the bur­geon­ing 1960s off-of­fBroad­way move­ment. Sam, along with my friend Lan­ford Wil­son, was one of my he­roes. Al­though we were never close friends, we were part of the same com­mu­nity and we of­ten read each other’s scripts. In fact, it was Sam who en­cour­aged me to sub­mit my ab­sur­dist play “Howie’s” to Cir­cle Reper­tory de­spite its, at the time, con­tro­ver­sial theme of how cap­i­tal­ism drains our cre­ative spirit. Cir­cle ac­cepted the play, which led to a long and pro­duc­tive re­la­tion­ship with the theater com­pany. I am just one of count­less writ­ers whom he in­spired. He will al­ways be a shin­ing light in the Amer­i­can theater and will be deeply missed. Richard A. Steel Los An­ge­les

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