The Tony and Emmy-winning actress informed Playbill.com columnist Michael Buckley that she would co-star with John Turturro and Alvin Epstein in the upcoming production of Endgame that is scheduled to play BAM April 25–May 17.
"It's a small part," Stritch commented to Buckley, "but I wanted to do a little bit of Beckett. They asked me to do [Beckett's] Happy Days, but I didn't want to go through that [where she'd be buried up to her neck in sand]. I'd rather be in a different venue of sand. Like the Hamptons."
Endgame, considered by many to be Beckett's finest work, will be directed by Andrei Belgrader. Alvin Epstein, who originated the role of Clov in the American premiere of Endgame, returns to the Beckett work, this time in the role of Nagg, with Stritch as his wife Nell and Turturro portraying their son, Hamm. Casting for the role of Clov has yet to be announced.
The play depicts Hamm (Turturro) and his parents, Nagg (Epstein) and Nell (Stritch), and their static almost ritualistic lives in an unnamed wasteland, while Clov rushes around getting things for them. When Nagg and Nell die, Hamm must face up to the prospect of moving – but where?
Stritch dazzled audiences in her Tony, Drama Desk and Emmy Award-winning autobiographical tour de force Elaine Stritch at Liberty – an evening she is currently reprising for a limited engagement at the Café Carlyle through Jan. 19. Her illustrious career also includes her creation of Joanne in Company, as well as roles in The Little Foxes, Bus Stop, A Delicate Balance, Sail Away and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The BAM Harvey Theater is located at 651 Fulton Street in Brooklyn. Tickets are available by calling (718) 636-4100 or by visiting www.BAM.org.