Beckett Exploration

2010 – A Beckett Exploration

This program was designed and staged prior to the formation of the Black Mirror Theatre.  However, since it was this show which gave rise to the notion of the Black Mirror, it is often considered the first Black Mirror production.

The intent of the Exploration was partly education, partly entertainment and partly, yes, exploration of Samuel Beckett’s life, times and his work, the entire body of this theatrical work.

During the program, three of Beckett’s short plays were staged, each representative of a category of this dramatic works.  Act Without Words II is one of three of the Nobel Laureate’s plays which, in fact, have no words.  The others are Act Without Words I and Breath, the latter being only 23 seconds long and consisting entirely of a breath, exhaled over a set consisting of a heap of trash.  Footfalls is considered one of six or seven of Beckett’s ‘ghost plays’.  Others often included in this group are:  Rockaby, Play, Ohio Impromptu, Not I, A Piece of Monologue, and That Time.  And Catastrophe is one of the writers two or three overtly political plays.

The program was conceived, directed and moderated / presented by Dennis Corcoran.  Technical crew consisted of STLCC-Meramec students Jim Robert (sound), Megan King (lights) and Ian Cornelius and Tanner Douglas (set construction and floor management).

Cast included fellow students:  Act Without Words II – Sam Ratzlaff and Benjamin Petty;  Footfalls – Katherine A. Robinson and Elizabeth Pajares with Becky Champion as pace coach; and Catastrophe – Brian J. Rolf, Abigail Lampe and David DeRose.

STLCC Faculty sponsor:  Prof. Michelle Rebollo, Theatre Program Director