2011 Krapp’s Last Tape
Krapp’s Last Tape was Black Mirror’s first venture taking Beckett out for a walk in public – in other words, producing a Beckett play outside the safe harbor of a college environment.
Krapp was played by Meramec student, Robbi Souzzi, who had played Estragon in the school’s earlier production of Waiting for Godot. And the venue – a letterpress print shop, Firecracker Press, in the Cherokee neighborhood of St. Louis – was a perfect environment of this beautifully poetic play.
The production was reviewed for St. Louis public radio, KDHX. The reviewer, a self-proclaimed Beckett purist and student of the Nobel Laureates work, described the show as ”perfect”, pure poetry. He add that while, yes, there was some action, some busy work, added to the beginning and end of the play, he found it to be so well within the spirit of the work and within the soul of the character, he did not object one bit.
With STLCC alums Robbi Souzzi as Krapp and Crystal Owen on makeup and hair design, directed by Dennis Corcoran.