Theatre Eastern to perform Samuel Beckett’s dark comedy “Endgame” Oct. 31-Nov. 2
WILBURTON, OK (Oct. 27, 2014) – Eastern Oklahoma State College will open Samuel Beckett’s dark comedy “Endgame” on Halloween night, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. Additional performances are set for Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. in Mitchell Auditorium.
Nobel Prize winner Beckett’s wicked humor comes alive in “Endgame,” a one-act play featuring four characters living in an apocalyptic world.
According to publisher Samuel French, “Endgame” is a pinnacle of Beckett’s characteristic raw minimalism - a pure and devastating distillation of the human essence in the face of approaching death. Originally written in French and translated into English by Beckett himself, “Endgame” is considered by many critics to be his greatest single work.
The play is written in a style associated with the “Theatre of the Absurd,” a genre of literature written by a primarily European playwrights in the late 1950s. Absurdist fiction focuses on the experiences of characters in a situation where they cannot find any inherent purpose in life, most often represented by ultimately meaningless actions and events that call into question certainties such as truth or value.
Directed by EOSC theatre director and instructor Sarah Klocke, the cast of “Endgame” includes Alex Vann of McAlester as Hamm; Clay Humphreys of Wilburton as Clov; Jesseca Shipman of Kiowa as Nell; and Jordan Simpson of Jonesboro, Ark. as Nagg.
Admission is $5 for adults and is free for Eastern students with a valid EOSC ID.