By Sam Shepard
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780679763178, 144pp.)
Publication Date: April 30, 1996
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Set within the netherworld of thoroughbred racing, this hair-raisingly funny new play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of True West explores the classical themes of memory, loyalty, and restitution. Simpatico launches readers into regions where high society meets the low life, and where, as one of the main characters observes, "someone is cutting someone else's throat."
Sam Shepard has written forty-six plays, eleven of which have won Obie Awards. In 1979 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Buried Child, and in 1984 he gained an Oscar nomination for his performance in The Right Stuff. His screenplay for Paris, Texas won the Golden Palm Award at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, and he wrote and directed the film Far North in 1988. Other plays by Shepard include Curse of the Starving Class, True West, Fool for Love, and A Lie of the Mind. In 1986 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.