If New Yorkers didn't get enough Samuel Beckett during this summer's Beckett Festival, they can console themselves with three more one-acts, which open at Off-Off-Broadway's The Other Theatre Dec. 10. Included in Three By Beckett `96 are the world premiere of Nacht und Traume, directed by Joseph Chaikin; Quad I and II which was originally a teleplay for German TV in 1982; and Not I, which was performed by the same company in 1994.
Like Not I, Nacht und Traume, was originally conceived for German television in 1982. This live theatre premiere will star Mark Epstein, Will Hare and Peter Davis.
Costumes for Not I and Nacht are by Mary Brecht, (who is, coincidentally, the daughter-in-law of Bertolt Brecht).
Not I, a monologue for an isolated voice, will feature Wendy vanden Heuvel, as directed by Luly Santangelo.
Quad I And II is a movement piece for four players and light percussion. Luly Santangelo directs this play as well, which features Peter Davis, Mary Forcade, Carolyn Lucas and Wendy vanden Heuvel. Percussion is by Marianna Rosett; costumes are by Olive Wong. Joseph Chaikin has won three Obie Awards and served as director of the Open Theatre for nearly a decade. He most recently directed Sam Shepard's When The World Was Green / Chicago for the Signature Theatre Company, and 1969 Terminal 1996 at PS 122.
Sets for all three pieces are by June Maeda, lighting is by Rocky Greenberg.
Three By Beckett runs through Dec. 22 at the Judith Anderson Theatre on Theatre Row (West 42nd St). For tickets ($12) and information, call (212) 332-0967.
-- By David Lefkowitz