17.11.11

Fragments: Five Beckett texts adapted by Peter Brook

Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York hosts Samuel Beckett adaptations
Marcello Magni in Peter Brook's Fragments, an adaptation of five Samuel Beckett texts performing off-Broadway at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York
Jennifer Farrar reviews Peter Brook's Fragments, a theatrical adaptation of five short texts by Samuel Beckett:
Peter Brook has written that Samuel Beckett was falsely labeled as "despairing, negative, pessimistic," and so his treatment of five short Beckett texts in "Fragments" presents several of them with tender humor, not overlooking the somber poetry or haunting observations of human longings and frailties.

Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA), in association with the Baryshnikov Arts Center, is presenting the New York premiere of C.I.C.T./Theatre des Bouffes du Nord's "Fragments," a vigorous hourlong production co-directed by longtime artistic collaborators Brook and Marie-Helene Estienne. Brook made his observation about the false labels "first stuck on Beckett" in a program note.

The effective, thoughtful production, which opened Sunday night off-Broadway at the Baryshnikov Arts Center for a limited run, features three seasoned artists who have worked extensively with Theatre du Complicite: Jos Houben, Kathryn Hunter and Marcello Magni. [Read More]

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