Beckett at 100 to Feature Three Little-Known Works

News   Beckett at 100 to Feature Three Little-Known Works Robert Scanlan will direct Samuel Beckett at 100: Three Plays April 3 at the 92nd Street Y.
A young Samuel Beckett.
A young Samuel Beckett.

Presented by the 92nd Street Y Poets' Theatre in association with Nine Circles Chamber Theater, the 8 PM evening will feature the world premiere of new versions of three little-known plays by the famed playwright, who lived 1906-1989. The works — Cascando, Words and Music and . . . but the clouds . . . — were originally written and produced for BBC radio and television. Beckett at 100 will feature actors Bill Camp and Mickey Solis and violinist Gil Morgenstern. The evening will also boast new music composed by Martin Pearlman.

Words and Music, according to press notes, "is a sardonic farce in which the artist-figure (in the play) fails miserably to coordinate music and words, and the two media are ultimately unable to come together in a coherent piece of art."

Cascando was written two years after Words and Music; director Scanlan says, "It’s almost as though Beckett wanted a second take on this material, and you can see his grasp of radio as a medium deepen from one play to the next, as he comes up with a new formal solution to the same problem [making art out of words and music].”

. . .but the clouds. . ., which was written for television in 1976, concerns a man "haunted by the memory of a woman whose image will not leave him alone."

The 92nd Street Y is located at 1395 Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street. For $17 tickets, call (212) 415-5500. Visit www.92Y.org/poetry for more information.

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