MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Seattle’s Impending BeckettFest


So a major festival devoted to Samuel Beckett is about to launch: indeed, a several-month-long, city-wide focus on a playwright and writer who happens to be one of my favorites. Enlisted in the undertaking are no fewer than 15 arts organizations based in Seattle.

Why has this been so poorly publicized?! Already I can see so many opportunities for other collaborations here — with the Seattle Chamber Players, for example — or with relevant groups who likewise know nothing about this. I happened to run across a notice of the opening event by chance: Life = Play at West of Lenin, starting August 14.

Anyway, I wanted to quickly bring this to the attention of local folks and of anyone planning to visit Seattle over the coming months: “The festival, which runs from August through November, features not only the plays (such as Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Krapp’s Last Tape, Act Without Words parts I & II, etc.), but also readings of Beckett’s poetry and prose, screenings of his films, master classes on Beckett, pop-up performance events, presentations of the radio plays, and more.”

Buckets of Beckett. When it rains, it pours. No, it does not rain; it does not pour.

Filed under: Samuel Beckett, theater

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