by Sam Shepard

"Breathtaking . . . Simpatico is Mr. Shepard writing at his distinctive, savage best."--The New York Times

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    "Splendid . . . a beautifully developed psychological thriller. . . . Shepard has a gift for the spare, edgy speech that combines the menacing and the comic." --The Daily Telegraph (London)

    "A fascinating revenge tragicomedy . . . a gritty, witty, psychological mystery."--Newsday

    "Right now, right this very second, someone is cutting someone else's throat." That pithy observation sums up the themes and ambiance of this hard-boiled, lyrical, and hair-raisingly funny play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose dramas tap the bedrock of the American unconscious.

    Carter ought to be managing his thoroughbred business in Kentucky. Instead, he is in a desolate room in Cucamonga, Nowheresville, U.S.A., trying to get back in the good graces of Vinnie, the one man who has the power to destroy him. From the beginning, Sam Shepard's Simpatico launches us into the world of horse racing, where high society meets the low life and the line between winners and losers is as treacherously thin as a razor blade.

    About the Author

    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.

    About the Film

    Now a major motion picture from Fine Line Features starring Nick Nolte, Jeff Bridges, and Sharon Stone.



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