Tony Winner Bill Irwin Stars in Samuel Beckett's Endgame at ACT Beginning May 9
By Michael Gioia
American Conservatory Theater presents an evening of short plays by Samuel Beckett, Endgame and Play, beginning May 9, prior to an official opening May 16, at San Francisco's ACT.
Endgame, Beckett’s timeless rumination on the end of life, features two-time Tony Award winner Bill Irwin, Nick Gabriel, Giles Havergal and Barbara Oliver. Play includes ACT company members René Augesen, Anthony Fusco and Annie Purcell.
Artistic director Carey Perloff, who previously directed Beckett's Waiting for Godot at ACT, helms the production.
"It was in Endgame that Beckett famously wrote: 'nothing is funnier than unhappiness.' And, I cannot think of a more consummate artist than Bill Irwin to demonstrate that fact, undertaking the lead role of Hamm in this astonishing play," said Perloff in a previous statement. "I am thrilled to present Endgame in tandem with a comic gem from 1963 called Play, which will give our core company a chance to shine a spotlight on a hilarious tale of marriage and adultery that represents a very different side of Beckett’s oeuvre."
The limited engagement of Endgame and Play continues through June 3.
Other members of the creative team include Daniel Ostling (scenic design), Candice Donnelly (costume design), Alexander V. Nichols (lighting design), Fabian Obispo (sound design), Michael Paller (dramaturg), Elisa Guthertz (stage manager) and Megan Q. Sada (assistant stage manager).
The American Conservatory Theater is located at 415 Geary Street in San Francisco, CA. For more information and tickets, call (415) 749-2250 or visit act-sf.org.
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