Irish Repertory Theatre of Tallahassee, in association with Palaver Tree Theatre, is extremely proud to present Samuel Beckett’s avant-garde masterpiece Endgame January 31 and February 1 at 7:30 pm, and February 2 at 1:30 pm in the Carriage House on the grounds of Goodwood Museum & Gardens and February 7 and 8 at 7:30 pm and February 9 at 2:00 pm at Palaver Tree Theatre located at 59 Shadeville Rd. in Crawfordville. The show is sponsored in part by the generous donations of Jeff Mandel and Black Dog Cafe, as well as IRT’s partner in Art: Goodwood. Additionally, COCA/Visit Tallahassee/City of Tallahassee provided grant money for the production.
Samuel Beckett was the recipient of the 1969 Nobel Prize in literature and is widely considered one of the 20th century’s greatest playwrights and novelists. Beckett’s other well-known works include Waiting for Godot and the novels Molloy, Murphy and Watt.
Endgame, written and first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in 1957, is considered by many to be his single greatest work. The title borrows from a term in the game of chess when there are moves yet to be played but the outcome of the game is inevitable. Beckett uses this as a metaphor for the motions we make at the oncoming of death. The play is, however, an extremely humorous and moving meditation on a part of life that is common to us all.
The play is directed by area veteran Gary Brame. who has over thirty years of experience with works in the theatrical avant-garde. The internationally renowned Beckett scholar S.E. Gontarski will be acting as dramaturg for the work. As a special bonus, IRT will be staging a revised text of Endgame that Beckett and Professor Gontarski worked on together, and it will be only the third time this revision has been performed in the world.
Professor Gontarski also will be doing a pre-curtain chat and a post-performance talkback with the audience, the director and the cast on Opening Night (Friday, Jan. 31) at the Goodwood and for the final matinee at Palaver Tree Theatre (Sunday, Feb. 9). Due to demand, IRT has added a Q&A with the Director and cast for ALL performances.
In addition to the Goodwood and Palaver Tree performances, there will be a VERY SPECIAL night in association with the Tallahassee Film Society. Professor Gontarski will present Beckett Short Films, four short films of Beckett’s work on Wednesday, January 29, and will be there to provide insight into the films. The short films are strange and wonderful, giving a further glimpse into the mind of one of the 20th century’s greatest thinkers. See below for the details.
But WAIT, there’s more! Tom Flanigan of WFSU Radio will be devoting the Perspectives show on January 23rd at 11 am to Endgame. His guests will be: Gary Brame, the director; S. E. Gontarski, the dramaturg; and, Jim McMurtry, IRT’s chair and playing the role of HAMM in the production. Tune in for a lively discussion about Beckett’s play. If you missed it, it is now available at https://news.wfsu.org/post/perspectives-samuel-beckett-s-endgame
We anticipate tickets for these one-of-a-kind performances will sell quickly and urge you to try and secure them from this site or Palaver Tree Theatre (see contact information below).
Goodwood Museum and Gardens
Goodwood performances include a Wine and Cheese Reception a half-hour before the show. On Opening Night, there will be a pre-show chat with Professor Gontarski and a talkback session after the show with Prof. Gontarski, the director and the cast. Saturday and Sunday shows will NOW also include a talkback session.
Friday, Jan. 31: Reception: 7:30 pm, Prof. Gontarski speaks: 8:00 pm
(Select General Admission)
Saturday, Feb. 1: Reception: 7:30 pm, Show: 8 pm (Select General Admission 2)
Sunday, Feb. 2: Reception: 1:30 pm, Show: 2 pm (Select General Admission 3)
Palaver Tree Theater
For the Closing Matinee, there will be a pre-show chat with Professor Gontarski and a talkback session after the show with Prof. Gontarski, the director and the cast. Friday and Saturday and shows will NOW also include a talkback session.
Friday, Feb. 7: 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 8: 7:30 pm
Sunday, Feb. 9: Prof. Gontarski speaks: 2:00 pm, Show: 2:30 pm
Beckett Short Films
Wednesday, Jan. 29: 7:00 pm
Tallahassee Film Society
All Saints Cinema
Amtrak Rail Station
918 1/2 RailRoad Ave.
Tickets: $10, Students: $7, Film Society Members: $7
To order Tickets: https://www.tallahasseefilms.com/