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A.C.T. Presents

On Beckett

Conceived and Performed by Bill Irwin
An Irish Repertory Theatre Production

Produced by Octopus Theatricals

Oct 19–23, 2022


On Beckett

Oct 19–23, 2022

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“Beguiling and delightful . . . Irwin is a clown nonpareil who unearths the copious humor that often goes unmined in productions of Beckett's plays.”


“Throughly entertaining . . . it simply bursts with joy”

Theater Dogs

“Part lecture, part shtick, this 90-minute solo is a must-see for anyone interested in the theater as a prism through which to explore meaning and mortality.”

Bay Area News Group

“A swift 90 minutes chock full of beguiling insights on what it means to be human. And it's damn funny to boot.”


A.C.T. favorite 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. Whether you’re encountering the Nobel Prize winner’s writing for the first time, or building on a body of Beckett knowledge, this dynamic showcase is not to be missed. 


Bill Irwin


All titles, schedules, and artists are subject to change. No refunds. Tickets are for personal use and not for resale.

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