Rockaby

 

2016 Rockaby

Black Mirror participated in the 2016 Grand Center Theatre Crawl, now a St. Louis institution, by presenting Samuel Beckett’s short, moving play Rockaby.

The plays consists of an older woman, in a rocking chair which moves of its own volition, speaking to … and, thus, the enigma of many a Beckett play – speaking to whom … of what … is she, the woman, alive or dead …

Therein lies the beauty of many of the Nobel Laureates short(er) plays.  The atmosphere is everything.  As he himself said to Billie Whitelaw, his so-called muse and favorite actress, he didn’t know if he even belonged in theatre any more (after Waiting for Godot, Endgame, and the like).

He told her he was far more concerned with light, with sound and silence, with the music of a piece (not literal, rather in the rhythm of the words), with movement which he termed ‘balletics’ … in other words, it was not what was said, if anything, rather how it is said.  How the piece is lit, how the movement, if any, portrays a beauty … it was all about atmosphere.

Black Mirror incorporated the use of a girl, named Of Time and Memory, in the piece, a wind-blown soundscape, the girl carving something from stone, with stone and wood upon stone, a ghost herself … one who became the spirit of the chair … a younger version, perhaps, or not …

Reviews of the piece were called ‘perfect’, one even going so far as to say ‘better than Beckett himself’.  Of course, that could not be, but …

With STLCC alum Katherine A. Robinson as the woman in the chair, Kyra Goudsmit as Of Time and Memory, alum Michelle Zielinski on lighting and production design by student Madeline Finn.  Directed by Dennis Corcoran.