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Ford, Shepard in Joint Performance at 92nd Y

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Two longtime friends and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights will be together again a full decade after their work first shared the stage there.

Richard Ford and Sam Shepard, in a joint performance, will read from their recent work at the 92nd Street Y in early November. The duo was first presented on the same bill by the theatre's Unterberg Poetry Center in 1997. They have a history of collaboration dating back at least to the 1991 film Bright Angel, scripted by Ford and starring Shepard.

Ford, a Mississippi native and one of the country's most celebrated novelists and short story writers, won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for his novel Independence Day. During the event he will read from his recently published novel, Lay of the Land: his first in 10 years.

According to Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times, Ford is "one of the most compelling and eloquent storytellers of his generation."

Fellow Pulitzer winner Sam Shepard (for Buried Child in 1979) is the author of 45 plays, two of which were produced in New York by the time he was 20. "A writer of disciplined, consistent and coherent brilliance," according to the theatre critic Vincent Canby, is scheduled to read work yet to be announced. Two of Shepard's plays will be produced in revival -- Buried Child (Nicu's Spoon) and The Tooth of Crime (La Mama) -- in New York this fall.

The joint performance will be held Nov. 2, at 8 p.m. at the 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. at 92nd Street, NYC. Tickets cost $18. For more information, visit www.92Y.org/poetry or call the box office at (212) 415-5500.

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