Category Archives: Samuel Beckett

Chess in ‘Endgame’

The game of chess was a major influence on Samuel Beckett’s early writings. Around the time of his 1938 novel Murphy (in which Murphy and the suicidal Mr. Endon play a crazed chess game), chess became one of Beckett’s abiding passions. He frequented Parisian cafes where the best chess players congregated, and he followed his… Continue reading →

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Drama Notes: On Beckett

Widely regarded as one of the most influential writers of the 20th Century, Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) is perhaps best known for creating a radical new dramatic form. Realism was the dominant theatrical style of Beckett’s day, and perhaps remains so today. Beckett’s work opened up the possibility of a theater that dispenses with the traditional… Continue reading →

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Edelstein embarks on ENDGAME

Gordon Edelstein loves Endgame. There is no other way to put it. He talks about the play with profound insight. Always passionate about the theatre, his enthusiasm reaches new heights when he talks about this particular play, one of the most profound works of 20th century theatrical art. “I have done most of Beckett and… Continue reading →

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