Broadway will pay tribute to the late Sam Shepard with a ceremonial light dimming. Marquees will go dark for one minute at exactly 7:45 PM August 2.
The renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright passed away July 27 at the age of 73 following complications from ALS. He was surrounded by his family at his Kentucky home at the time of his death.
“Sam Shepard was a prolific storyteller who created provocative, thoughtful, and exciting work for Broadway, Off-Broadway, and film,” said Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin in a statement. “His original voice was a definite draw for audiences and had an undeniable influence on other artists. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues.”
Though the majority of Shepard’s oeuvre premiered Off-Broadway (he was a perennial Obie Award recipient), a number of his plays would go on to play Broadway years after being written. Buried Child, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979, played the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in 1996. Broadway productions of True West and—most recently—Fool for Love followed.
Funeral arrangements remain private; no plans have yet been determined for a public memorial.