Memorial for Actor Alvin Epstein Will Be Held at Irish Repertory Theatre April 29

Obituaries   Memorial for Actor Alvin Epstein Will Be Held at Irish Repertory Theatre April 29
 
Mark Rylance, Robert Brustein, and David Cromer are among the artists who will honor the late actor known for his roles in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Endgame.
Alice Drummond, James Greene, Peter Evans, and Alvin Epstein in <i>Endgame</i>
Alice Drummond, James Greene, Peter Evans, and Alvin Epstein in Endgame Martha Swope/©NYPL for the Performing Arts

A memorial for late actor and director Alvin Epstein, who made his mark as a premiere interpreter of Samuel Beckett’s plays, will be held at the Irish Repertory Theatre on April 29 at 3 PM.

Speakers will include American Repertory Theater founding artistic director Robert Brustein, Tony-winning director David Cromer, theatre critic Michael Feingold, pianist Steven Blier, veteran actor, dancer, and choreographer Carmen DeLavallade,and a video tribute by Tony- and Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance.

Kathryn Grody will serve as master of ceremony.

Epstein, who died December 10 at the age of 93, was best-known for his performance as Lucky in the Broadway premiere of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, as well as his frequent appearances in Endgame, in which he originated the role of Clov for the play’s U.S. premiere. He played Nagg in a 2008 production of Endgame at BAM co-starring Elaine Stritch and John Turturro.

His additional credits on Broadway included the musicals No Strings and 3 Penny Opera, as well as Postmark Zero and A Place Without Doors. Outside of New York, he was a founding member of the Yale Repertory Theater and held a brief term as Artistic Director at the Guthrie Theater.

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