Celebrate the extraordinary theatrical genius of Samuel Beckett with one of the world's preeminent acting troupes! Ireland's acclaimed Gate Theatre performs the work of this great 20th-century playwright with more authority than any company in the world, and they return to Berkeley with two exceptional productions based on his legacy. Directed by Tom Creed and starring Barry McGovern—the great Beckett interpreter who thrilled Berkeley audiences with his performance in Waiting for Godot in 2006—Watt tells the extraordinary tale of an itinerant character and his bizarre struggle to make sense of the world, all delivered with verbal elegance, immense pathos, and fierce humor. And in Endgame—directed by Alan Stanford and also starring McGovern—Beckett gives us a tragi-comical story about the aged and blind Hamm and his servant Clov, co-existing in a mutually dependent and fractious relationship, with only Hamm's legless parents for company. "Amusingly sad and achingly funny" (Irish Times).
Nov 17: Watt/Endgame
Nov 18, Nov 19 eve, Nov 20 mat: Endgame
Nov 19 mat, Nov 20 eve: Watt
Program notes are available online. [PDF]
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