In a clip released Tuesday by Gravitas Ventures, Shepard, who died Thursday at age 73, says he never got along with the computer screen and disliked how removed it is from the tactile experience of writing. "They want a saint but with a cowboy mouth" - a role the tall and handsome Shepard fulfilled for many.
"I was writing basically for actors", Shepard told The Associated Press in a 2011 interview. Film can't contain theater. "It's the whole deal".
Born Samuel Shepard Rogers in Fort Sheridan, Illinois in 1943, he was the son of a teacher and of an Army officer who was a bomber pilot during World War II. His early plays - fiery, surreal verbal assaults - pushed American theater in an energized, frenzied direction that matched the times. Seeking spontaneity, he initially refused to rewrite his drafts, a strategy he later dismissed as "just plain stupid".
Shepard wrote fascinating plays during his lifetime.
On remembrance, the article reads: "I knew that I would see Sam again somewhere in the landscape of dream, but at that moment I imagined I was back in Kentucky, with the rolling fields and the creek that widens into a small river". "We're just the same", Smith once said.
"Sam Shepard was a prolific storyteller who created provocative, thoughtful, and exciting work for Broadway, off-Broadway, and film". Shepard is also survived by a son he shared with actress O-Lan Jones, to whom he was previously married.
His father struggled with alcoholism, and Shepard had a nomadic childhood, moving from base to base around the country before the family relocated to an avocado farm in California and he graduated from high school in Duarte. Lange once said of Shepard: "No man I've ever met compares to Sam in terms of maleness". That feeling, he later, acknowledged, always remained. Blue sand, I said, filled with wonder. "It's the form that I feel most at home in, because of that, because of its ability to usurp everything".