Bill Irwin talks about the intersection of Beckett and the art of clowning in ON BECKETT at The Old Globe

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Interview: Bill Irwin talks about the intersection of Beckett and the art of clowning in ON BECKETT at The Old Globe

“The ON BECKETT night, at minimum if I’m undertaking my task, is total of laughter.”

Monthly bill Irwin, who is not only a two-time Tony Award winner but also a learn clown is sure to bring a uniquely humorous encounter in his solo piece ON BECKETT enjoying at The Outdated Globe July 14 -17th.

Created based on Irwin’s extended-time love of Beckett’s do the job, and his use of language which has been haunting him for quite a few a long time. The clearly show turned a blend of Irwin’s two passions, the art of clowning and the electricity of Beckett’s language and distinctive storytelling ability.

Far more than a 10 years in the past I recognized I have all this Samuel Beckett in my head and I want to channel it someplace so it will prevent haunting me. It truly is his brinksmanship with significant questions, but he’s also an Irish raconteur at the very same time. That is a perform of Becket’s crafting in my existence-a form of haunting quality and it will never depart me by yourself.”

Think of it like a humorous theatrical exorcism that explores the existential and the mundane of lifestyle and art.

From there ON BECKETT was born and grew to become a 90-minute solo piece that explores a number of operates from Beckett such as TEXTS FOR Very little, WATT, and Waiting around FOR GODOT to title a number of. Passages from the playwright’s writings intersect with Irwin’s comedy, and contemplation of the tales and issues Beckett explored by way of his artwork to build this special and amusing present.

“It can be a look at the place the clown traditions intersect with Beckett’s operate. I have sat with Beckett scholars who say “there is no spot for the clown in Beckett’s creating” and then there are many others who say “Oh, very well it’s all clown substance.” I guess I’m somewhere in the middle but that intersection is really an exciting spot for me.”

The artwork of clowning is a particular language and one that employs the actual physical to take a look at the globe all over them. Beckett’s will work use dim comedy to search at existential contemplations, the will endure even when confronted with an incomprehensible environment. Irwin says that the conference of these two artwork kinds intrigues him and sorts the heart of this present.

Interview: Bill Irwin talks about the intersection of Beckett and the art of clowning in ON BECKETT at The Old Globe

“There are a great deal of words mentioned in the 89 minutes of ON BECKETT but there is a good deal of physical language much too. Clowning is just the language of the human body and looking at the human deep foible. The expressing is ‘Pride goes in advance of the fall’ and with clowns you might be generally looking at that literal tumble, the satisfaction comes soon after when persons chortle.”

You may perhaps have past witnessed Irwin conduct almost in the show IN-ZOOM along with Christopher Fitzgerald through the pandemic. Irwin is glad to have the possibility to carry laughter to The Previous World this time in particular person.

“If any of these performances are devoid of laughter then I have failed in my position.”

How To Get Tickets

You can see Monthly bill Irwin in ON BECKETT at 8 p.m. July 14 and 15 2 and 8 p.m. July 16 and 2 and 7 p.m. July 17. For ticket details, you can call (619) 234-5623 or visit

Picture Credit history: Invoice Irwin in On Beckett. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

Monthly bill Irwin in Irish Repertory Theatre’s virtual output of On Beckett. Picture courtesy of Irish Repertory Theatre/Carol Rosegg.

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