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If you visit Sam Shepard country, expect to find bayous, deserts, and junkyards where dreams rust alongside abandoned '51 Chevys. Prepare to meet broken gunmen and refugees from distant galaxies, slavering swamp things and California Highway Patrolmen gone high-tech and blood simple. It is a country whose creator does nothing less than renew America's myths. And sometimes he invents them from scratch. In these fourteen darkly funny, furiously energetic early works for the theater, our most audacious living playwright sets genres and archetypes spinning, with results that are utterly mesmerizing. 'It's a real thing, double nature. I think we're split in a much more devastating way than psychology can ever revea.'—Sam Shepard

Fourteen vintage Sam Shepard plays.

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This duo offers a full-length play and a collection of 14 shorter dramatic works from various points in Shepard's career. As one of the best of the modern crop of American playwrights, Shepard belongs in all collections. With the current Broadway outing of his 1979 play Buried Child receiving multiple Tony Award nominations, interest in the playwright and actor should increase.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553342635
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/1986
  • Pages: 304

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Unseen Hand 3
The Rock Garden 39
Chicago 53
Icarus's Mother 71
4-H Club 93
Fourteen Hundred Thousand 115
Red Cross 137
Cowboys #2 157
Forensic & The Navigators 175
The Holy Ghostly 199
Operation Sidewinder 223
The Mad Dog Blues 289
Back Bog Beast Bait 343
Killer's Head 379
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