Fiennes and Neeson Confirmed for Gate/Beckett at Lincoln Center Festival

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Academy Award nominees Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes will headline Gate/Beckett for the Lincoln Center Festival this summer.
Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson
Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Gate/Beckett, comprised of three short one-man Beckett works, will play July 16-27, and feature Irish actor Barry McGovern alongside Fiennes and Neeson. The works, presented by the Gate Theater of Dublin, will run in repertory. A final marathon of all three will be presented July 27. Gate/Beckett includes:

  • Neeson in Eh Joe. Originally penned for television, the work has been adapted for the stage by Atom Egoyan, who will also direct. "Joe sits alone in a room, prodded into uncomfortable thought by Penelope Wilton's disembodied voice. A projected close-up of his face is all the tortured expression the audience needs to understand the pain of a memory explored," according to Lincoln Center.
  • McGovern in I'll Go On, a "distillation" of Beckett's post-war novels "Molloy," "Malone Dies" and "The Unnamable," directed by Colm O'Briain.
  • Fiennes in Beckett's First Love, "the story of a man made homeless in the wake of his father's death who becomes reluctantly involved with a woman he meets on a park bench in this harsh glimpse of what love might have been," directed by Michael Colgan. Also as part of Gate/Beckett will be an afternoon of Beckett's poetry and prose on July 26. Fiennes, McGovern and Neeson are scheduled to read selections from Beckett's work at 2 PM in the Gerald W. Lynch Theater, where Gate/Beckett takes place.

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