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Samuel Beckett

Rough for Theatre II · Play

Director

Ajda Valcl

Opening night

25 September 2009
Small Stage

Duration:

90 minutes inc. interval

Samuel Beckett is among the most important writers of the 20th century; he has attained the status of a modern classic. His rich dramatic opus has made an enormous mark on contemporary theatre, influencing countless playwrights and continuing to inspire generations of young theatre authors. In both one-act plays the characters are placed in extreme, existential situations. In Play (1964), one of Beckett’s best-known works, a man and two women—now dead—discuss a love triangle in which they were once involved.Through their reminiscences we hear three takes on the same, almost banal, story about adultery. Due to its unusual setting, however, the story acquires further dimensions.With an ironical insight only acquired beyond the grave, the characters explore the full range of human weakness: passion, possessiveness, jealousy, deceit, and fear of being abandoned. Death does not keep these protagonists from fighting for their rights, and the friction among them brings a peculiar humour into the situation. Indeed, Play has been labelled “Feydeau seen from beyond the grave”. Never before performed on the Slovene stage, Rough for Theatre II (1976) is also a unique take on the “life story.”Two unusual “experts” are investigating a potential suicide victim; they are charged with helping him take the final decision. From his dossier they reconstruct a profile of the man—who stands speechless and motionless in front of the open window, facing his fatal decision. In the process, the bureaucrats sketch out the details from which human life is constructed.Their absurd actions, imbued with gallows humour, reveal funny as well as strange and tragic aspects of a life which, reduced to documents, appears miserable and failed.

Creators

Creative team

TRANSLATOR

Matej Juh

Drama Igralec: Matej Juh | odpri ustvarjalca

DRAMATURG

Mojca Kranjc

Drama Igralec: Mojca Kranjc | odpri ustvarjalca

SET DESIGNER

Branko Hojnik

Drama Igralec: Branko Hojnik | odpri ustvarjalca

COSTUME DESIGNER

Belinda Radulović

Drama Igralec: Belinda Radulović | odpri ustvarjalca

COMPOSER

Saša Lušić

Drama Igralec: Saša Lušić | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Barbara Korun

Drama Igralec: Barbara Korun | odpri ustvarjalca

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Milan Podlogar

Drama Igralec: Milan Podlogar | odpri ustvarjalca

Cast

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