Poster for Play by Samuel Beckett

Arcturus Theater Company presents two more Samuel Beckett shorts together as an hour of evening entertainment.

Play (1963) involves three lovers caught in a purgatorial love triangle. Rapid-fire, poetic verse conveys the characters’ frustration and desperation to be released from this eternal entrapment. We are proud to be collaborating with the esteemed international artist Rosemary Feit Covey who has provided awe-inspiring backdrops for this show. The actors are Greg Jones Ellis, Margeaux Martine, and Cristen Stephansky.

Play will be followed by a staged reading of the radio play, The Old Tune, Beckett’s 1960 interpretation of Robert Pinget's play La Manivelle (The Crank). The readers are Bernie Cohen and Phil Bufithis.

Technical direction by Jeff Maione, photos by T Rose, and direction by Ross Heath.

A free preview will be presented at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Harman Hall, 610 F St, NW, April 19 at 6 pm.

Four $15 performances will be at The Woman’s Club of Arlington, 700 S. Buchanan St., Arlington VA, April 23 to 26 at 8 pm.

Play is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Arcturus Theater Company;

Theater can enable us to see the ways we interact from new perspectives and prompt discussion on topics that do not come up naturally in everyday conversation. We, a small group of D.C. area theater enthusiasts, have formed Arcturus Theater Company to present plays to evoke ideas that will provoke such discussion, and which will engender sensations of joy, discovery, recognition, and even at times horror.

We aim to bring the best stage works, new or old, we can find to the D.C. region at a low price.

Artists may be able to give the world some beauty but to give it reason is impossible. Yet artists can continue to ask questions and seek answers in the hope that reason may at least be discerned. In our small way, we hope to take part in this ongoing dialogue and in so doing bring to ourselves and our audience relevant ideas and feelings we may not otherwise experience.

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