Two by Beckett this weekend on the Phoenix stage

Posted: Thursday, February 04, 2010

Two short pieces by the 20th-century master dramatist Samuel Beckett will be performed this weekend at Perseverance Theatre's second space, the Phoenix Theater,

Beckett, the Nobel Prize-winning author of "Waiting for Godot" and "Endgame," also wrote in his later years a couple dozen brief plays remarkable for their poetic compression and surprising romanticism.

Two of these plays will be performed. The first, "Quad," is a mysterious and evocative piece for four dancers, performed in silence. Dancers include Sarah Campen, Gareth Hummel, Kari Groven and Connor Chaney

The second is "Ohio Impromptu," a meditation on loss and recollection. The performance incorporates the music of Franz Schubert, Beckett's favorite composer, and will be performed by local singer Philippe Damerval.

The entire production lasts little more than 30 minutes.

There will be three performances this weekend: two performances Saturday, Feb. 6, at 7.30 and 8.30 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 7, at 7.30 p.m.

The shows will be directed by Roald Simonson, with sets by Akiko Nishijima, lighting by Todd Hunt and video by Greg Chaney.

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