Beckett in Performance

October 30, 2020
Beckett in Performance

This book takes a critical look at the work of one of thetwentieth-century's most influential playwrights from the viewpointof those whose job it is to give the work life on the stage. Frompersonal experience of over seventy productions, from interviewswith numerous Beckett actors and directors, and in rareconversations with the playwright himself, Kalb addresses suchfundamental questions as: is the task of performing Beckettcategorically different from that of performing other forms oftheatre? Is the audience's role different, and if so, how? Theresult is a new insight into particular problems of producingBeckett's early and late works, television plays, and prose worksadapted for the stage. The book contains numerous performancephotographs and an appendix of interviews with actors and directorsinvolved in seminal Beckett productions.