On BeckettConceived and Performed by Bill Irwin
An Irish Repertory Theatre Production
Produced by Octopus Theatricals
Oct 19–23, 2022
THE TONI REMBE THEATER
Oct 19–23, 2022
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“A better guide to playing Beckett would be hard to find. And when it comes to the clowning elements, a masterclass is in session”
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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 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. TV: Mr. Noodle of Elmo's World; Carey Loudermilk of Legion; The Regard of Flight (PBS) with Doug Skinner, Michael O’Connor, and Nancy Harrington. Film: 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.