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Beckett Directs Godot


“Clips from an October 1988 WGBH Boston presentation of Beckett Directs Beckett featuring a Paris performance of “Waiting for Godot” by members of the . The film was directed by Walter D. Asmus. The play was directed by Samuel Beckett.”(You Tube.)

Beckett Directs Godot

Catchy title. The story, and comments on Fine Art in the New Media, below.

“In 1985 Samuel Beckett directed “Waiting for Godot”, “Krapp’s Last Tape” and “Endgame” as stage pieces with the San Quentin Players. All three productions were grouped together under the overall title “’Beckett Directs Beckett.’” As such they toured throughout Europe and in some parts of Asia to wide acclaim.”

“Furthermore, each time a new tour was organized for these productions, after sometimes lengthy lacunae, Beckett has, with the assistance of Walter Asmus, and/or Alan Mandell, brought them back to performance level.

Though the initial productions as staged in 1985 already brought forth substantial changes in the published acting texts of the plays, each time a re-mounting of the productions occurred additional changes were made.”

“The same was true during the production period for these television versions, with Beckett sometimes making textual changes on the telephone even as a given scene was being taped.” (MITH Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities)


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Beckett directing Waiting for Godot in Berlin in 1975

Fine Art in the New Media

While You Tube, and the Internet may now be considered “old new media,” the contribution to Fine Art in the New Media is enormous. Here, in one place, wherever you are on the globe, you can see clips from the production of the play, hear the comments of those involved, and see portions of the annotated text including word alterations and stage directions. This is “making art accessable to everyone, everywhere “at its finest. Moreover, the creative use of these resources in the classroom is worth a thousand lectures.


More:  Beckett Directs Beckett – The Story of the Productions.

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