I've been a Sam Shepard fan since I saw a production of True West in London in the early 80s. Fool For Love is one of my favourite dramas.
His new play, Kicking a Dead Horse, stars Stephen Rea (one of my favourite actors), and just opened in New York after its premiere at Dublin's Abbey Theatre. He invokes his classic themes of the West, escape, greed and authenticity and is clearly honouring Beckett with this restless, compelling lament.
Handsome and charismatic, Shepard holds the stage as well as writes for it. I especially like Country (1984), in which he starred with his wife, Jessica Lange, and The Assassination of Jesse James (2007).