Robert Wilson’s Krapp’s Last Tape to Make U.S. Debut

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The high-concept theatre artist directs, designs and stars in the U.S. premiere in New Jersey this month.
Robert Wilson in Krapp's Last Tape
Robert Wilson in Krapp's Last Tape Lucie Jansch

Performances will begin March 17 at New Jersey’s Alexander Kasser Theater for Robert Wilson’s interpretation of Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett. Directed, designed and starring Wilson, the production is set to run through March 20.

Presented by Peak Performances, Krapp’s Last Tape is Beckett’s haunting work about a man who prepares to record his annual birthday tape, a habit he has maintained for 30 years.

Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson

“I’ve always felt a deep kinship with Beckett’s work,” Wilson says in a statement. “In some ways it is too close to my work. But now, after 35 years, I’ve decided to meet the challenge and do it… When I direct a work I create a structure in time…if the structure is solid, one can be free in it. …I must find the freedom in Beckett’s structure. He tells you what the set looks like, what the movements are. Everything is written down.”

Wilson's acclaimed and boundary-defining works have been produced all over the world including in New York, Paris, Berlin and Milan. He is the founder and artistic director of The Watermill Center, a laboratory for performing arts in Watermill, NY.

The Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University is located at 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ. Tickets are $20, and are available at the box office,, or by calling (973) 655-6112.

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