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Release: Sept. 15, 2000
Gate Theatre of Dublin, Ireland, presents Samuel Beckett Festival at UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Gate Theatre of Dublin, Ireland, will present a Samuel
Beckett Festival, co-sponsored by Hancher Auditorium and the University of
Iowa department of theatre arts Oct. 4-8. The main events are performances
of "Krapps Last Tape" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4 and "Waiting
for Godot" at 8 p.m. Oct. 5-7 in E.C. Mabie Theatre of the UI Theatre
UI emeritus faculty member Sam Becker will lead a discussion with actor
David Kelly from the stage after the "Krapps Last Tape" performance.
The Oct. 5 "Waiting for Godot" performance will feature a post-performance
discussion with the artists, moderated by theater faculty member Art Borecca.
The festival also includes free public events and radio broadcasts.
-- UI radio stations KSUI, 91.7 FM, and WSUI, 910 AM, will broadcast specially
organized 30-minute productions of Becketts radio plays "Rough
for Radio II" and "The Old Tune," prepared by directors and
actors from the UI department of theatre arts and Iowa Citys Riverside
Theater. The directors are Ron Clark, artistic director of Riverside Theater,
and Mary Ellen OHara, a recent Master of Fine Arts directing graduate
from the UI. WSUI will broadcast "Rough for Radio II" at 9:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 and 3:30 p.m. Sept. 24; and "The Old Tune" at 9:30 p.m.
Sept. 30 and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 1. KSUI will broadcast both productions at 3 p.m.
-- Actors from the Gate Theatre will discuss Becketts work from the
performers perspective at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 in Theatre B of the
Theatre Building. The discussion will be moderated by Alan MacVey, chair of
the UI department of theatre arts.
-- Reflecting the fact that much of Becketts literary output was in
French, the UI French department will sponsor a symposium, "Waiting for
Godot; Listening to Krapp: Samuel Becketts Theater" at 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 3 in Room 304 of the UI English-Philosophy Building. The symposium
will feature "Beckett Circle" editor Mary Lydon, a Beckett scholar
from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For additional information, contact
UI faculty member Downing Thomas at 319-335-2253.
The Gate Theatre is renowned for its productions of Irish playwrights, and
the companys Beckett productions have been hailed as definitive.
The solo production "Krapps Last Tape" will be performed
by David Kelly, one of the foremost actors of the Irish stage. Krapp is a
man who has marked every birthday by making an audio tape about his year,
and listening to the tape made the previous year. At the age of 69 he listens
to a tape made many years earlier, when his life turned away from love, hope
In Becketts most famous play, "Waiting for Godot," he presents
two comic drifters who are waiting for the arrival of someone they dont
know and cant describe, and they are uncertain what the arrival will
Alan MacVey, chair of theatre arts, says of the practical advantages of
the Hancher/Theatre Arts collaboration, "It's very important to bring
great plays by great companies to Iowa City. Often these productions need
a more intimate space than Hancher Auditorium. The theatre arts department
is delighted to give them a home in their theatres."
Playwright, critic and fiction writer Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) was one
of the literary titans of the 20th century, a pioneer in the Theater of the
Absurd who received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1969. His works address
the existential predicament of humanity as well as both the beauty and the
barriers of language as a tool of communication.
Brenton Bank is the corporate sponsor of the Gate Theatres Beckett
Festival, through the University of Iowa Foundation.
Tickets for "Krapps Last Tape" are $20 ($10 for UI students
and youth, and $16 for senior citizens.) All tickets have been sold for "Waiting
for Godot"; the Hancher box office urges interested persons to contact
the box office as the performances approach.
Ticket-buyers may take advantage of volume discounts on most events in the
season. A simultaneous purchase of three to five events qualifies for a 15-percent
discount, and a simultaneous purchase of six or more events qualifies for
a 20-percent discount.
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance
is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged
to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases
to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option
of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail
People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should
dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel
prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and
seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with
TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.
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