The Northampton Arts Council is a city board and a non-profit organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Serious Play's Endgame Project in Northampton



Serious Play's Endgame Project in Northampton
WHERE: STUDIO4, 25 Main Street, Northampton
WHEN: Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, 2017 8:00PM
Tickets are available at
http://seriousplayendgameproject.brownpapertickets.com/
Tickets are $15 for Students & Seniors and $18 General admission. Reserve now, seating is limited.

"For the last several years I have been given the gift of not only working with the imaginative, beautiful, often cruel and yet compassionate words of a master playwright ,who I have grown to respect and admire, but also with two extraordinary local actors and a remarkable puppeteer who have been willing to turn themselves and their lives, inside out to breathe in the very essence of Beckett, and who have been willing to dedicate long rehearsal hours toward unlocking and embodying the humanity in what he writes.

In Serious Play's ENDGAME PROJECT, there is a desire to prolong the end by talking; repeating the same old jokes and stories, by repeating the same old questions and answers, in order to feel alive in a time of despair This is what resonated immediately with me as director, when rereading Beckett's poetic and vital script over four years ago. I knew I had to collect the right actors and designers to mount this piece. I recognized that Beckett's writing captured something honest and authentic about what it means to be human in an absurd world.

I gathered a group of Serious Play theatre artists, all of whom would work collaboratively to develop Beckett's play, exploring the fusion of acting and puppetry on stage. It fit my vision of the play to imagine the characters Nell & Nagg as puppets. The collaboration - with Ines Zeller and Eric Bass of Sandglass Theater, of Vermont, with physically trained actor Kermit Dunkelberg, Yale Drama School actor Rand Foerster, and puppeteer David Regan, a Sandglass Theater associate - was supported in part by a NET/TEN grant from the Network of Ensemble Theaters. We worked together to experiment with puppets as representative of Hamm's memory world. Interweaving puppetry into the script, opened up new possibilities and interactions, that seem right in line with Beckett's vision." - Sheryl Stoodley, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Serious Play! Theatre Ensemble

The ensemble includes Kermit Dunkelberg as Clov, Rand Foerster as Hamm, and David Regan the Puppeteer as Nell and Nagg. Lighting by Ezekiel Baskin, costumes by Julia Vincenza Whalen, sound by Robin Doty and directed by Sheryl Stoodley.

Serious Play is a project of Cultural Images Group, Inc. a 501 (c)(3) non profit, a member of the Network for Ensemble Theaters (NET) & an artist partner with A.P.E., Northampton.









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