Bill Irwin Adds Performances of On Beckett at Irish Rep

Irwin’s show will play Tuesday evenings for the rest of its run.

Master clown and Tony Award winner Bill Irwin will star in On Beckett, which he also conceived.
Tony Award winner Bill Irwin stars in On Beckett, which he also conceived.
(© Carol Rosegg)

Irish Repertory Theatre has added two performances of Bill Irwin's sold-out On Beckett, on Tuesdays, October 23 and 30. The run is scheduled to conclude November 4.

The show is described as follows: "Bill Irwin can't escape Samuel Beckett. He has spent a lifetime captivated by the Irish writer's language. In this intimate 90-minute evening, Irwin will explore a performer's relationship to Beckett, mining the physical and verbal skills acquired in his years as a master clown and Tony Award-winning actor. Irwin's approach to the comic, the tragic, to every side of Beckett's work — including Waiting for Godot, Endgame, and Texts for Nothing — will allow audiences to experience the language in compelling new ways. Whether you're encountering the Nobel Prize winner's writing for the first time, or building on a body of Beckett knowledge, this dynamic showcase is not to be missed."

The cast of On Beckett includes Irwin and, in his Irish Rep debut, Finn O'Sullivan. The creative team for On Beckett includes set designer Charlie Corcoran, costume consultant Martha Tally, lighting designer Michael Gottlieb, and sound designer M. Florian Staab.

Irwin is a master clown; Tony Award-winning actor; and MacArthur, Guggenheim, and Fulbright Fellow. On Beckett was originally developed at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco in consultation with artistic director Carey Perloff and produced at the Strand Theater in January 2017. The show was also workshopped at the Vineyard Theatre and the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.