Broadway to dim lights for playwright Sam Shepard

Broadway marquees will be dimmed Wednesday night in memory of playwright and actor Sam Shepard, who died at home in Kentucky on July 27 from ALS complications.

Lights along the Great White Way will go dark at exactly 7:45 p.m. for a minute, said the Broadway League.

Shepard, 73, launched his celebrated and influential career Off-Broadway in 1964. On Broadway, he debuted with his contribution to the musical revue “Oh! Calcutta!” in 1969. His play “Operation Sidewinder” opened a year later.

Shepard’s dark family drama “Buried Child” premiered on Broadway in 1996, 17 years after it won the Pulitzer Prize. “True West” and “Fool for Love,” each a Pulitzer finalist from the early ‘80s, respectively debuted on Broadway in 2000 and 2015.

“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 League president Charlotte St. Martin.

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