Beckett's Theaters: Interpretations for Performance

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Bucknell University Press, 1984 - Literary Criticism - 256 pages
The work focuses on the practical and philosophic sides of performance, set within the context of Beckett's own aesthetic theory, his fiction and poetry, as well as a history of the critical and scholarly studies of his work. Winner of the Bucknell University Press Award.


Waiting for Godot The Art of Playing
Endgame The Playwright Completes Himself
Happy Days Creation in Spite of Habit
The Audience Onstage Krapps Last Tape Play and Come and Go
Theater of Words All That Fall Embers Cascando and Words and Music
Theater of Sight Film Eh Joe Act Without Words I and II
Ends and Odds At the Frontier of the Stage
Becketts Black Holes Some Further Thoughts
Music Mathematics and the Rhythms of Becketts Theaters Rockaby Ohio Impromptu and A Piece of Monologue
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Page 14 - The expression that there is nothing to express, nothing with which to express, nothing from which to express, no power to express, no desire to express, together with the obligation to express.
Page 38 - Was I sleeping, while the others suffered? Am I sleeping now? Tomorrow, when I wake, or think I do, what shall I say of today? That with Estragon my friend, at this place, until the fall of night, I waited for Godot? That Pozzo passed, with his carrier, and that he spoke to us? Probably. But in all that what truth will there be?
Page 20 - Here is direct expression— pages and pages of it. And if you don't understand it, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is because you are too decadent to receive it. You are not satisfied unless form is so strictly divorced from content that you can comprehend the one almost without bothering to read the other.

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