Samuel Beckett in the Springtime

Rhys Tranter does a beautiful job writing and curating his arts blog, A Piece of Monologue.  He is especially good at letting his readers know what’s up in the world of Beckett and of late there’s been an embarrassment of riches to report.

SAMUEL BECKETT DIRECTS WAITING FOR GODOT AT RIVERSIDE STUDIOS, WITH RICK CLUCHEY (LEFT) AND GERMAN DIRECTOR WALTER ASMUS (RIGHT OF BECKETT). PHOTOGRAPH: JOHN MINIHAN

To give you sense of the samplings:

University of Oxford has announced the 2013 schedule for its ongoing Samuel Beckett: Debts & Legacies seminar series.  Debts and Legacies is a series of research seminars held in Oxford on the subject of Samuel Beckett and his work.  2013 is the ninth year of the series, which takes place in April, May and June, and the seminars continue to be open to all.  A complete program can be found here.

And then, English Theatre Berlin is hosting a panel discussion and reading by Walter Asmus, Conor Lovett and Judy Hegarty Lovett, on working with Beckett and Beckett’s works (moderated by Gaby Hartel) on May 11.  This as part of their May 9-18 celebration of contemporary Irish theater and performance.  More information can be found here.

May 17-19, Brighton Festival will feature the World Premiere of “Here All Night,” a musical-theatrical piece celebrating the text and music of Samuel Beckett.  The performance will interweave the text and music of Samuel Beckett with original compositions by Paul Clark, drawn from and inspired by Beckett’s works WattMalone Dies and The Unnamable: a rare opportunity to discover another facet of Beckett’s work with a  virtuoso ensemble.  Performance and ticketing details can be found here.

Indeed: A whole series of performances and events based around the work of Samuel Beckett will be undertaken by Ireland’s Gare St Lazare Players April 17-June 8 of this year.  A complete list of their engagements in Europe and the US can be found here.

Finally, Arminta Wallace recently interviewed John Hurt on the occasion of his return to Dublin to perform “Krapp’s Last Tape.”  The article, which is lovely, can be found here.

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