EP 062: All that Fall: Michael Toner on Irish Theatre and the Plays of Samuel Beckett
Into the Absurd with Tina Brock
Michael P. Toner has been acting, directing, dialect coaching and specializing in Irish theatre for over 49 years. His recent roles include doing Phil Hogan in O’Neill’s Moon For The Misbegotten for Walnut Street Theatre (with national tour). Other WST credits include She Stoops to Conquer, Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Conversations With My Father, 1776, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, and The Caretaker. Other Brian Friel plays include Volunteers, Dancing At Lughnasa, Aristocrats, Translations and his one-man play based on Friel’s works, The Humours Of Ballybeg. Recent roles include Knacker Woods in Marie Jones’s Rock Doves, Vladimir in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and the one-man play Crossing The Threshold into the House of Bach by David Simpson for Amaryllis Theatre.Other Irish roles include Vladimir in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Krapp in Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape, Mr. Rice in Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney, Owen in the East Coast premiere of Friel’s Translations, Michael / Narrator in Friel’s Dancing At Lughnasa, Maurice in Conor Mc Pherson’s The Night Alive, An Irish Man in Tom Murphy’s The Gigli Concert, Trooper O’Hara in Sebastian Barry’s White Woman Street, Eugene O’Neill in Pat Nolan’s Midnight Rainbows, Doctor McSharry in Martin Mc Donagh’s The Cripple Of Inishmaan, among many others.His one-person plays include Beginning to End and Nohow On, based upon Beckett’s writings, An Evening with Mister Dooley, drawn from Finley Peter Dunne’s writings, his own Ever Yours, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Mr. Toner has performed for the Villanova Shakespeare Festival, the Carnegie-Mellon University Beckett Festival, the New York W.B. Yeats Society, the International James Joyce Symposium, the NYC A Dublin Evening, the NYC Gotham Book Mart Bloomsday, the Meadowlands Irish Festival, the American Shaw Festival, and he is a founding reader for the Rosenbach Museum & Library Bloomsday Festival. ~~~~~~~We'll explore in 50-minutes what it means to create and to think about art during this time. Join us for this weekly virtually existential gathering until we can share stories on the stage again.If you're on the IRC's mailing list, look for an email each Wednesday detailing the upcoming week’s guest on Into the Absurd, with links to websites and information.To keep up with who’s on deck, join the IRC mailing list: https://www.idiopathicridiculopathyconsortium.org/.... To explore past episodes of Into the Absurd, visit our Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/pg/IdiopathicRidiculopathyConsortium/videos/ORThe IRC's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist...And while you’re there, be sure to SUBSCRIBE, so you don't miss any future episodes.
Film reviews - The Chair - Notebooks of Samuel Beckett
Donald Clarke & Gemma Creagh review films, Free Guy, Coda, Mary McGill previews The Chair, a new academic comedy on Netflix starring Sandra Oh, Gavin Quinn, director of Pan Pan Theatre Company, Nick Johnson, co-director of the Trinity Centre for Beckett Studies on 'The Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett', What is the Word, panpantheatre.com
The Play Podcast - 031 - Happy Days by Samuel Beckett
The Play Podcast
Episode 031: Happy Days by Samuel Beckett Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Lisa Dwan Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing. Samuel Beckett’s third great dramatic masterpiece Happy Days is a timeless exploration of existential threat and personal survival. It’s central image of Winnie buried in a mound of scorched earth also speaks to our own time when many have endured enforced confinement in a world struck by collective disaster. Irish actress and Beckett scholar Lisa Dwan, fresh from her triumphant performance as Winnie at the Riverside Studios in London, joins us to share her unique experience of playing Beckett and this majestic play.
An introduction to Waiting for Godot (1954), by the Franco-Irish novelist, playwright, Nobel laureate, and nihilist Samuel Beckett (1906-1989). This is a play in which nothing happens, twice — as the critic Vivian Mercier memorably wrote. In this three-part episode, you’ll learn first about Beckett’s style; and about the play’s structure, plot, and setting. Then we’ll address what it means to wait. What are we waiting for? How do we wait? What do we do as we wait? Finally, we’ll address the meaning of Godot. Who is he? What is he? What resolution does Godot offer and withhold?If you ever have, or someone you know has, suicidal thoughts — caused by existential dread or any reason whatsoever — reach out to the Distress Centre 24/7 at 403-266-HELP(4357).
EP 008: Joanna Rotté - The Stella Adler Conservatory, Samuel Beckett and Scenes from a Life
Into the Absurd with Tina Brock
Joanna Rotté is a theatre director of non-mainstream work and a member of Actors Equity Association. As Professor Emeritus at Villanova University, she served on the faculty for 30 years, including 7 years as Chair of the Department of Theatre and 5 years as Director of East Asia Studies. Her books include Scene Change (A Theatre Diary: Prague, Moscow, Leningrad) and Acting with Adler. Her essays on theatre, art, and culture – written for The Soul of the American Actor Newspaper and Broad Street Review – can be found at http://joannarotte.com.A longtime meditation practitioner, she’s narrated five books written by Pema Chodron. Now, in the time of Covid, Joanna periodically posts a blog called DharmaTheatre. You are cordially invited to visit http://joannarotte.com/blog/, and you can subscribe at and you may subscribe http://joannarotte.com/contact/.
No Script: The Podcast | S5 Episode 17: "Krapp's Last Tape" by Samuel Beckett
No Script: The Podcast
It's the final episode of Monologue Month! The concluding episode of this season's themed month is a discussion of perhaps the most famous and celebrated one person show of all time, written by one of the most famous and celebrated playwrights of all time: "Krapp's Last Tape" by Samuel Beckett! Listen in! ------------------------------ Please consider supporting us on Patreon. For as low as $1/month, you can help to ensure the No Script Podcast can continue. https://www.patreon.com/noscriptpodcast ----------------------------- We want to keep the conversation going! Have you read this play? Have you seen it? Comment and tell us your favorite themes, characters, plot points, etc. Did we get something wrong? Let us know. We'd love to hear from you. Find us on social media at: Email: email@example.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/No-Script-The-Podcast-1675491925872541/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/noscriptpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/noscriptpodcast/ ------------------------------ Our theme song is “Upbeat Soda Pop” by Purple Planet Music. Credit as follows: Music: http://www.purple-planet.com ------------------------------ Thanks so much for listening! We’ll see you next week.