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Remembering the late Sam Shepard, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright 

When Sam Shepard first moved to Manhattan in the early 1960s, he didn’t know what he’d become. “It was wide open,” Shepard said of his early life in Manhattan. “You were like a kid in a fun park.”

As a young artist in a big city, Shepard said he was willing “to be an actor, writer, musician, whatever happened.”

Shepard’s acclaimed plays, known for their surrealist elements, dark humor and keen observations of the American family, include “True West,” “Fool for Love” and “Buried Child,” which won the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Shepard died in Kentucky last week following a battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 73 years old.