Playwright And Actor Sam Shepard’s Legacy Endures In San Marcos

Thirty boxes of annotated manuscripts, correspondence, audio recordings and photographs are housed in Texas State’s Wittliff Collections.

By Jill AmentAugust 1, 2017 11:26 am

On Monday, America lost iconic playwright and actor Sam Shepard. He died at his home in Kentucky due to complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 73 years old.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright’s work spans several decades. He wrote more than 50 plays, acted in just as many films and also had an expansive television career. Many of Shepard’s original works are housed at Texas State University’s Wittliff Collections.

David Coleman, director the Wittliff Collections, explains the significance of the 30 boxes of Shepard’s annotated manuscripts, hand-written director’s notes and letters related to some of his most prolific works that reside in San Marcos.


Written by Taylor Jackson Buchanan.