Fiona Shaw Opens in Happy Days at BAM Jan. 8

News   Fiona Shaw Opens in Happy Days at BAM Jan. 8 Olivier Award-winning actress Fiona Shaw and director Deborah Warner ignite the Brooklyn Academy of Music stage yet again when Samuel Beckett's Happy Days begins performances at the Harvey Theater Jan. 8.
Fiona Shaw
Fiona Shaw

Warner previously directed Shaw in the critically hailed, sold-out performance of Medea at BAM in the 2002 Next Wave Festival – that production resulted in a limited Broadway transfer and two Tony nominations. Warner and Shaw now reunite for the BAM staging of the National Theatre of Great Britain's production, which co-stars Tim Potter in Beckett's existential two-hander. Since premiering at the Royal National Theatre in early 2007, Warner's production of Happy Days has been touring to international acclaim. The current production of Happy Days made its American premiere at the Kennedy Center this past November.

"Buried to above her waist and woken by a piercing bell, Winnie (Shaw) chatters away to her husband Willie (Potter), who all but ignores her. She rummages in a bag, brushes her teeth, pulls out and kisses a gun, surrounded by blazing light and a scorched-earth landscape, which, in the second act, becomes an even more futile post-apocalyptic scenario," press notes state.

The design team for Happy Days includes set design by Tom Pye, lighting design by Jean Kalman, original score by Mel Mercier, sound design by Christopher Shutt and costumes by Luca Costigliolo.

Happy Days will play BAM's Harvey Theater for a four-week engagement through Feb. 2.

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.

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Warner and Shaw will return to London's National Theatre with a production of Brecht's Mother Courage in 2009.