Arden Theatre makes its first foray into presenting the work of Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett by beginning at the end.
Endgame, that is; a stellar example of theater of the absurd that is also one of Beckett’s most celebrated works.
Opening on January 16, the one-act play presents four actors in an ambiguous setting. As with Beckett’s best-known work, Waiting for Godot, the text is an enigmatic rumination on the nature of human existence.
Written in 1957, Endgame explores a co-dependent relationship between two trapped men, utilizing spare language, black comedy and a grim sense that nothing is funnier than unhappiness. It’s a minimalist abstract play that looks oblivion squarely in the eye, and the view is bizarre and decidedly dystopian.
The Arden showcases this 20th century classic by featuring two of the area’s most vibrant actors in the lead roles and Hamm and Clov: Scott Greer and James Ijames, both of whom bring their iconic characters to visceral and vital life.
Tickets are available online.
Arden Theatre Presents Endgame
When: January 16-March 10
Where: 40 N. 2nd Street
More info: www.ardentheatre.org