Beckett comes to Lake Erie College
Four one-act plays by Samuel Beckett to be performed for fall theater production
Lake Erie College will present a performance of “One Acts by Beckett” Nov. 13-15 and 20-22 in the C.K. Rickel Theatre of the Fine Arts Building. Four famous short plays by Samuel Beckett will be featured: “Catastrophe,” “Come and Go,” “What Where” and “Breath.”
Directed by Assistant Professor of Theater Jerry Jaffe, the productions begin at 8 p.m., except for the Nov. 22 production which begins at 2 p.m. In his first year of teaching at Lake Erie College, Jaffe says he chose Beckett because he wanted to introduce the students to challenging and exciting contemporary work. “Beckett is arguably the greatest playwright of the twentieth century, and that provides me and the students with highest possible goals, as well as introducing them to his fantastic work.”
The one acts begin with “Catastrophe,” considered by some to be Beckett’s most political play. This production depicts a despotic director abusing his staff and lead actor. “Catastrophe” is satirical, funny and chilling by turns.
In the short piece, “Come and Go,” Beckett presents a re-imaging of the three witches from Macbeth. The audience must decide for themselves if those three women are involved in some arcane ceremony or just some gossipy old hags.
Poetical language and Beckett’s trademark use of repetition sets the scene for this cyclical study of torture in “What Where.” Mysterious robed figures interrogate one another in a repeating series of scenes.
Considered by some to be the shortest play in the English language, “Breath” is more of an installation than a play. Senior fine arts student Brian Schweikert plays one of the robed figures in this piece. He called it an “exciting look into the human nature of conversation and movement.”
All tickets are $5. For information on the plays or to reserve tickets, call the Fine Arts Box Office at 440.375.7450.