bart, on Apr 11 2006, 05:40 PM, said:
I feel that I've actually lived in the company Krapp, Vladimir and Estragon, and especially Winnie...
I can't go that far, but I do
feel I've had some of the most powerful "conversations" of my lifetime with these characters (some, of course, don't even have names......but they all have existence!).
The most powerful of all for me (so far) was seeing Bill Irwin's one man performance here in Seattle a few years ago in "Texts for Nothing"
. Irwin took selected passages from this Beckett work and did a sort of one man "Waiting for Godot" on stage in a bleak landscape while being generally "perplexed" as he "discussed" what it was to be an "I", referring to "they", and distinguishing "here" from "there". (Texts and Godot were written within 2 years of each other.)
It was profound to me, so much so that I attended 3 performances in a row. As is so true about Beckett however, the performance was not for everyone. It is the only time I've attended the Seattle Rep Theater here in Seattle when several patrons got up and walked out mid-performance (there was no intermission; and some folks even left from the front rows in plain sight of Irwin).
Beckett is a dream come true for me. He says in language what I would have thought could be not