|Date:||5/13/2022 - 5/15/2022|
|Address:||Savannah Cultural Arts Center, 201 Montgomery Street|
|Details:||ON BECKETT explores the works of legendary Irish writer Samuel Beckett through the singular lens of two-time Tony Award winner Bill Irwin.|
Bill Irwin can't escape Samuel Beckett. He has spent a lifetime captivated by the Irish writer's language. In this intimate 90-minute evening, Irwin will explore a performer's relationship to Beckett, mining the physical and verbal skills acquired in his years as a master clown and Tony Award-winning actor. Irwin's approach to the comic, the tragic, to every side of Beckett's work - including Waiting for Godot, Texts for Nothing, and more - will allow audiences to experience the language in compelling new ways.
The creative team for On Beckett includes set design by Charlie Corcoran, costume design by Martha Hally, lighting design by Michael Gottlieb, sound design by M. Florian Staab, stage management by Lisa McGinn, and is produced by Octopus Theatricals.
On Beckett was originally developed at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. The production premiered Off-Broadway in 2018 at Irish Repertory Theatre and received a special Lortel Award for Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience. In addition, Bill Irwin received a 2018-2019 Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play.
Patrons must wear masks in the venue and throughout the performance.
No food or drink is allowed in the theater
There is no intermission
Unfortunately Autograph signings, Meet-and-Greets and backstage tours are strictly prohibited.
NOTE: Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theater
Bill Irwin (Creator, Director, Performer)
Bill Irwin is a Tony Award winning actor, director, writer, and clown. Original works include The Regard of Flight; Largely New York (Four Tony Nominations); Fool Moon; Old Hats, The Happiness Lecture; and others. He has played in many Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional stage productions, including, ON BECKETT, an evening of passages from Samuel Beckett’s work at Irish Repertory Theatre, The Iceman Cometh, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play), The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?; Waiting For Godot (2009 for a Drama Desk Award nomination); Endgame; The Tempest; Texts for Nothing; Garden of Earthly Delights; Accidental Death of An Anarchist; Showboat – and the Tony Award winning Fool Moon, which he created with David Shiner.
On television, Irwin appears as Mr. Noodle of “Elmo’s World” and Carey Loudermilk of “LEGION”. The Regard of Flight (PBS) with Doug Skinner, Michael O’Connor, and Nancy Harrington. Film credits include “Rachel Getting Married”, “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”, “Eight Men Out”, “Interstellar”, “Stepping Out”, “Unsilent”, and more.
Irwin was an original member of Kraken, a theatre company directed by Herbert Blau, and was also an original member of the Pickle Family Circus of San Francisco with Larry Pisoni and Geoff Hoyle. Irwin is the grateful recipient of MacArthur, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships.
Octopus Theatricals (Producer)
Founded by creative producer Mara Isaacs, Octopus Theatricals collaborates with artists and organizations to foster an expansive range of compelling theatrical works for local and global audiences. They eschew boundaries—aesthetic, geopolitical, institutional—and thrive on a nimble and rigorous practice. Current projects include Hadestown by Anaïs Mitchell (Broadway, eight Tony Awards including Best Musical; Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album); (…Iphigenia), a new opera by Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding; Social! Dance Club, conceived by Steven Hoggett, Christine Jones, and David Byrne; Dreaming Zenzile by Somi Kakoma; Up in Arms, created by Anna-Maria Nabirye and Annie Saunders; Theatre for One (in person and virtual); and many more. Octopus Theatricals is also home to the Producer Hub, an online resource supporting independent producers in the experimental and performing arts sectors. www.octopustheatricals.com.
Savannah Rep (Presenter)
Led by Executive Director Ryan McCurdy and Managing Director Jennifer Bishop, Savannah Rep is South Georgia's flagship professional theatre. Through the three tiers of collaboration, development, and education, they strive to reach and engage all of the greater Savannah region’s neighborhoods and communities - producing exceptional theatre for an extraordinary city.
Savannah Rep is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization operating in Savannah's legendary Historic District under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, employing both union and non-union talent on their stages and behind the scenes. Savannah Rep is where great stories become great theatre.
|Audience:||Kids and Up|