NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts will present Irish actress Lisa Dwan in her internationally acclaimed Beckett Trilogy: Not I /Footfalls/ Rockaby, running for six performances from April 13 – 17, 2016, at NYU Skirball Center. Beckett Trilogy will open on April 13, the 110th Anniversary of Samuel Beckett’s birth, and the opening night performances will feature a post-show celebration and conversation honoring Beckett’s legacy.
Dwan has become world famous in the recent past performing the works of Samuel Beckett. Her trilogy of one-woman Beckett plays has sold out all over the world, from London’s West End to Hong Kong, Paris, Belfast, Cambridge and New York, where she was described by Ben Brantley in The New York Times as “an instrument of Beckett, in that way saints and martyrs are said to be instruments of God.” These performances will be the last time Dwan will perform The Beckett Trilogy.
Dwan had been performing Not I since 2005, directed by Natalie Abrahami. The Times of London said Dwan “turned what is commonly regarded as the hardest role an actor can tackle into a tour de force.” Dwan was then specially coached by the late actress Billie Whitelaw into Not I. Whitelaw, who died last year, was long considered Beckett’s own muse and had been coached into the part by Beckett himself.
The program is completed with two other Beckett classics: Footfalls and Rockaby, directed by Beckett’s close friend, assistant, favorite director and long-time collaborator Walter Asmus, who suggested that these plays could be performed as a single program. In January 2014, Dwan performed them in a critically acclaimed sold out engagement at the Royal Court Theatre in London, where forty years previously Not I had its UK premiere. This was followed by a transfer to the West End and the international tour that included sold-out performances at BAM in 2014. The production has earned the most extraordinary reviews and sold out every venue she has played around the world.
Not I, Footfalls and Rockaby will play for six performances, April 13-17, 2016 as follows: April 13 – 16 at 8pm; April 16 at 2pm; and April 17 at 3 pm. Tickets are $25 – $65. All tickets may be purchased online at www.nyuskirball.org, by phone at 212.998.4941,or in person at the NYU Skirball Center Box Office: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00–6:00 P.M. NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square, New York, New York 10012.