Bill Irwin

Bill Irwin to star in On Beckett at Irish Repertory Theatre

On Beckett plays a limited engagement at off-Broadway's Irish Repertory Theatre from September 26 to November 4, 2018.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Irish Repertory Theatre presents the New York premiere of On Beckett, conceived and performed by Tony Award winner Bill Irwin, exploring the writings of Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett, which is set to play a limited engagement from September 26 through to November 4, 2018, with an official opening set for October 3.

Synopsis: "Bill Irwin can't escape Samuel Beckett. He has spent a lifetime captivated by the Irish writer's language. In this intimate 90-minute evening, Irwin will explore a performer's relationship to Beckett, mining the physical and verbal skills acquired in his years as a master clown and Tony Award-winning actor. Irwin's approach to the comic, the tragic, to every side of Beckett's work - including Waiting for GodotEndgame, and Texts for Nothing - will allow audiences to experience the language in compelling new ways. Whether you're encountering the Nobel Prize winner's writing for the first time, or building on a body of Beckett knowledge, this dynamic showcase is not to be missed."

On Beckett will also feature a guest appearance by Finn O'Sullivan, making his Irish Rep debut, as well as scenic design by Charlie Corcoran. In addition, Martha Tally serves as costume consultant with further creative team members to be announced at a later date.

Stage veteran Bill Irwin took home a Tony Award for his performance as George in the 2005 Broadway revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He also earned four Tony nominations in 1989 for Largely New York in the categories of "Best Actor in a Play," "Best Choreography," "Best Direction of a Play," and "Best Play" (as writer). His other Broadway credits include Bye Bye BirdieWaiting for GodotThe Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, three seperate runs of Fool MoonThe Regard of Flight, and his Broadway debut in Accidental Death of an Anarchist in 1984. He was last seen on the Great White Way opposite Denzel Washington in the recent revival of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh.

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