Seattle Repertory Theatre will kick off its 2001-02 lineup with the national tour of Proof Oct. 8-Nov. 10, but right now, the company's attention is on the last production of the season. Bill Irwin will bring his Off-Broadway and San Francisco production of Samuel Beckett's Texts for Nothing to the company's Bagley Wright Theatre April 22-May 26, 2002.
Texts for Nothing, written in the 1950's at the same time as Waiting for Godot, finds one of Beckett's familiar tramps dissecting the universe even as he negotiates a steep and slippery slope. Irwin's work takes four sections — numbers 1, 4, 9 and 13 — out of Beckett's 13 piece prose work. Texts for Nothing was first performed in Sept. Oct., 2000 at New York City's Classic Stage Company.
Irwin, recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" Grant, developed his silent clown persona in such shows as The Regard of Flight. He directed and starred in an Off-Broadway production of Moliere's Scapin for Roundabout Theatre Company, co-starred in Waiting for Godot at Lincoln Center, and directed A Flea in Her Ear, also for Roundabout. He is currently filming the HBO production of "The Laramie Project" and can be seen as Lou Who in the live-action "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
The rest of the Seattle season will include Proof, the holiday mystery-comedy Inspecting Carol (Nov. 19-Dec. 30), Jitney (Jan. 23-Feb. 23) and a new translation of Moliere's Don Juan (March 11-April 13) in the Bagley Wright Theatre. The smaller Leo K will feature Another American: Asking and Telling (Sept. 19-Oct. 28), Amy Freed's Shakespeare comedy The Beard of Avon (Nov. 5-Dec. 16), the world premiere of Robert William Sherwood's Last True Believer (Feb. 11-March 23) and Ping Chong's Obon: Tales of Rain and Moonlight (April 8-May 18).
Subscriptions are $340-$84. For reservations, call (206) 443-2222. Seattle Repertory Theatre is located at 155 Mercer Street and on the web at http://www.seattlerep.org.