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Few American playwrights have exerted as much influence on the contemporary stage as Sam Shepard. His plays are performed "on" and "off" Broadway as well as in all the major regional American theaters. They are also widely performed and studied in Europe, particularly in Britain, Germany and France, finding both a popular and a scholarly audience. This companion explores the various aspects of Shepard's career, providing fascinating first-hand accounts and substantial critical chapters on the plays, poetry, music, fiction, acting, directing and film work.
About the Author
Matthew Roudan , Professor of English at Georgia State University in Atlanta, specializes in American Drama. He has published widely on recent American theater, including Understanding Edward Albee (1987), Conversations with Arthur Miller (1987), Contemporary American Dramatists (1989), Who Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: Necessary Fictions, Terrifying Realities (1990), Public Issues, Private Tensions: Contemporary American Drama (1993), Approaches to Teaching Miller Death of a Salesman (1995), American Drama since 1960: A Critical History (1996), and The Cambridge Companion to Tennessee Williams (1997). He also is a contributor to Christopher Bigsby The Cambridge Companion to Arthur Miller and to Don Wilmeth and Christopher Bigsby The Cambridge History of American Drama, Vol. 3 (2000). Roudan is the editor of the South Atlantic Review.