The Magic Theatre in San Francisco will host a special, limited engagement of Joseph Chaikin performing the Stephen Kent adaptation of Samuel Beckett's Texts for Nothing, for six performances, January 18-20 and 25-27.
Nothing features an unnamed man stuck in Beckett's earthly void, who experiences wonderment and despair over his undeniable existence as a particle floating aimlessly through eternity.
Beckett originally suggested that Chaikin and Kent produce Nothing, and in 1981 they did, at the New York Shakespeare Festival, later touring to Toronto, San Francisco, Paris and London. Chaikin has revived it recently at the Edinburgh Festival and at the Royal Court Theatre in London.
Chaikin was the founder and director of the Open Theatre, New York's premiere experimental theatre group in the 1960s, for which he won several Obie and other awards. Chaikin has collaborated extensively with Sam Shepard, and this year, the Magic will host a West Coast premiere by Chaikin and Shepard, When the World Was Green (A Chef's Fable) in mid-April. Texts for Nothing will run Jan. 18, 20, 25, 27 at 8:30 PM; and Jan. 19 and 26 at 3 PM . For tickets or more information please refer to the Magic Theatre regional listing on Playbill On-Line.
--By Blair Glaser