Fifteen years ago, the Lantern Theater Company presented its first production â€“ Samuel Beckettâ€™s famous work, Waiting for Godot. So itâ€™s fitting that the Lantern will open its 2009 season with another of Beckettâ€™s absurdist pieces, Happy Days, on September 30, with previews beginning on September 24.
The Lantern’s production of Beckettâ€™s rarely performed work features Mary Elizabeth Scallen as Winnie, an aging optimist buried up to her waist in scorched earth â€“ and she only gets buried deeper as the play continues. Itâ€™s an absurd premise to be sure, but if anyone can handle this minimalist work, itâ€™s director David Oâ€™Connor and the Lantern.
The production is coupled with the companyâ€™s Samuel Beckett Festival â€“ a weekend of events honoring the playwright and his works from October 9th through the 12th. These events will help put Beckettâ€™s more absurd works into context, which, whether youâ€™re a fan of theater of the absurd or not, canâ€™t be a bad thing.
Samuel Beckettâ€™s Happy Days
September 24 â€“ October 18
The Lantern Theater Company at St. Stephenâ€™s Theater
10th and Ludlow, Philadelphia, PA 19107