New York Premiere
on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage
An Exploration of the Works of: Samuel Beckett
Conceived and Performed by: Bill Irwin
Bill Irwin can’t escape Samuel Beckett. He has spent a lifetime captivated by the Irish writer’s language. In this intimate 90-minute evening, Irwin will explore a performer’s relationship to Beckett, mining the physical and verbal skills acquired in his years as a master clown and Tony Award-winning actor. Irwin’s approach to the comic, the tragic, to every side of Beckett’s work – including Waiting for Godot, Texts for Nothing, and more– will allow audiences to experience the language in compelling new ways. Whether you’re encountering the Nobel Prize winner’s writing for the first time, or building on a body of Beckett knowledge, this dynamic showcase is not to be missed.
Irish Repertory Theatre is proud to present the New York Premiere of On Beckett, a new work by master clown, Tony Award-winning actor, and MacArthur, Guggenheim, and Fulbright Fellow Bill Irwin. On Beckett was originally developed at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco in consultation with Artistic Director Carey Perloff, and produced at the Strand Theater in January 2017. On Beckett was also workshopped at Vineyard Theatre and the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.
“CRITIC’S PICK! Captivating…radiant, living theater” – Ben Brantley, New York Times
“a delicious piece of theater… a playful, intimate experiment conducted by a master practitioner… utterly delightful” – Sara Holdren, New York Magazine
“masterful… Beckett’s words bloom not just with humor but with poignant emotion” – Theatermania
“near-90 minutes of pleasure…Irwin’s physical comedy is delicious… a brilliant gateway to understanding [Beckett]” – Tim Teeman, The Daily Beast
“one of the most profound experiments to be conducted on an off-Broadway stage” – David Roberts, Theatre Reviews, Ltd.
“an homage to [Beckett] that is both deeply personal and defiantly, even exuberantly accessible.” – Elysa Gardner, New York Stage Review
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