Happy Days @ the Lantern Theatre

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Fifteen years ago, the Lantern Theater Company presented its first production – Samuel Beckett’s famous work, Waiting for Godot. So it’s fitting that the Lantern will open its 2009 season with another of Beckett’s absurdist pieces, Happy Days, on September 30, with previews beginning on September 24.

The Lantern’s production of Beckett’s rarely performed work features Mary Elizabeth Scallen as Winnie, an aging optimist buried up to her waist in scorched earth – and she only gets buried deeper as the play continues. It’s an absurd premise to be sure, but if anyone can handle this minimalist work, it’s director David O’Connor and the Lantern.

The production is coupled with the company’s Samuel Beckett Festival – a weekend of events honoring the playwright and his works from October 9th through the 12th. These events will help put Beckett’s more absurd works into context, which, whether you’re a fan of theater of the absurd or not, can’t be a bad thing.

Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days
September 24 – October 18

The Lantern Theater Company at St. Stephen’s Theater
10th and Ludlow, Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 829-0395
www.lanterntheater.org

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