By Samuel Beckett
A Royal Court Theatre and Lisa Dwan Production
In association with Cusack Projects Limited
Directed by Walter Asmus
In this staging of three one-woman plays by Samuel Beckett, directed by the playwright’s longtime friend Walter Asmus, the obsessive rhythms of abject existence—rambling, pacing, and rocking—are laid bare. Irish actor Lisa Dwan, who drew ecstatic reviews for her performances at the Royal Court Theatre and in the West End, masterfully triangulates the existential void. In Not I, a woman—reduced to a mere mouth, suspended in total darkness—seeks solace in a blisteringly paced stream of her own broken speech. In Footfalls, a tattered soul, drained of life, paces relentlessly outside her dying mother’s bedroom. And in Rockaby, a woman slowly withdraws from the world, rocked to eternal sleep in her mother’s chair.
Set design by Alex Eales
Lighting design by James Farncombe
Music by Tom Smail
Sound design by David McSeveney
Presented in association with Irish Arts Center
With extensive experience in theater, film, and television, Dwan makes her BAM debut.
Director Walter Asmus was Samuel Beckett’s longtime friend and collaborator.
The Royal Court is a leading force in world theater, producing original and contemporary plays.