Endgame and Play

May 9–June 3, 2012
American Conservatory Theater

Tony Award winner Bill Irwin stars in Beckett’s iconic dark comedy

Two powerful and absurd dark comedies from master playwright Samuel Beckett. In Endgame, Tony Award winner Bill Irwin takes on the role of Hamm, who is trapped between life and death with his young servant, Clov. Together they engage in a chess match of wits in this vivid exploration of the end of life. This iconic work will be presented together with Beckett’s rarely performed one-act Play, a brief comic tour de force about marriage and infidelity, featuring members of A.C.T.’s core acting company. Directed by A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff, Endgame and Play conjure a fiercely funny and emotionally gripping world that will haunt you long after you leave the theater.

“[Endgame is] monstrously funny . . . [with] striking vision”The New York Times

“[Irwin] can turn something as simple as sitting on a stone or wiping his shoe into a poetic comedy”San Francisco Chronicle


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