Endgame

The plays revolves around Hamm, an aged master, who is blind and can’t stand up, and his servant Clov, who can’t sit down. They exist in a tiny house by the sea, although the dialogue suggests that there is no exterior to the house beyond stage left — no sea, no sun, no clouds.

Play title:  Endgame

Author (s):  Samuel Beckett

Publisher: Grove Press, Inc

Publication Date: 1958

Genre: Drama (One Act)

Primary Discipline: Atomic Physics

Scientist (s): Fictional

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 3 Men, 1 Woman

Hamm, Clov, Nagg, Nell

Setting: A room in Hamm’s house

Time Period: After an apocalyptic disaster

Synopsis of Play: The plays revolves around Hamm, an aged master, who is blind and can’t stand up, and his servant Clov, who can’t sit down. They exist in a tiny house by the sea, although the dialogue suggests that there is no exterior to the house beyond stage left — no sea, no sun, no clouds. The two characters, mutually dependent, have been fighting for years, and continue to do so, as the play progresses. Clov always wants to leave, but never seems to be able. Also present are Hamm’s legless parents, Nagg and Nell, who live in rubbish bins, upstage, and argue.
Note: While Endgame was originally written in French, it has been translated into English by Beckett, himself. https://stageagent.com/shows/play/2328/endgame

First Performance Date: April 3rd, 1957

First Producer: Royal Court Theatre

Performance History: Endgame was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in London on April 3rd, 1957. It was directed by Roger Blin, and the decor was designed by Jacques Noel.

Links:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-endgame-play-review-20160502-snap-story.html#

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/apr/06/endgame-review-innovation-choked-by-samuel-becketts-strict-staging-edicts

https://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/02/theater/reviews/02endg.html?mtrref=www.google.com&gwh=933FF5C103BF436A527B24A097EF64CA&gwt=pay

http://chicagocritic.com/endgame/

https://www.theatermania.com/los-angeles-theater/reviews/endgame-center-theatre-group_76993.html

https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/hypocrites-cutesify-samuel-beckett-endgame-halena-kays/Content?oid=16751869

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/reviews/ct-endgame-review-20150225-column.html

https://variety.com/2000/film/reviews/endgame-2-1200464923/

http://www.curtainup.com/endgame.html

https://www.sfgate.com/performance/article/Endgame-and-Watt-reviews-Beckett-s-funny-bone-2289016.php

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

Photo/Visual Research with citations

                                             

2016, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Photo: Craig Schwartz                                   2018, Melbourne Theatre Company

                                                                                                                    Photo: Jeff Busby

                                                

2016, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Photo: Craig Schwartz                                      2018, Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre,

                                                                                                                      Photo: Tim Morozzo

                                                

2018, Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre,                                                                2018, Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre,

Photo: Tim Morozzo                                                                                     Photo: Tim Morozzo

                                                             

2018, Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre,                                                                        2018, Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre,

Photo: Tim Morozzo                                                                                                    Photo: Tim Morozzo

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