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Articles by Ryan Walsh

                “I knew he was radiating love and he cared. He wanted you to be perfect. It was not possible, but he wanted you to be perfect.” – Billie Whitelaw on being directed by Samuel Beckett in Not I.     “I’m fastened into a headboard, which is 8 feet above the stage. My head is in a head harness and my arms are in brackets.” – Lisa…

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Not I By : Samuel Beckett Written in English in spring 1972. First performed at the Forum Theater of the Lincoln Center, New York, in September 1972. First published by Faber and Faber, London, in 1973. First performed in Britain at the Royal Court Theatre, London, on 16 January 1973. The following text originally appeared on the web via this website.   Note: Movement: this consists in simple sideways raising of arms from sides and…

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Historia de Amor translates to “Love Story.” Yet, there’s nothing sentimental or romantic about this production that comes from Santiago, Chile. Rather, it’s a dark story of obsession and delusion, created by a group of artists who deeply challenge our understanding of the word love and the relationships of power intertwined inside of love’s definition.     We’ve had extensive internal dialogue at ArtsEmerson about why we think it is important to bring this complicated…

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A guest post by Beckett Trilogy performer Lisa Dwan     I can’t afford to scrimp. I can’t select the off-cuts of feelings. I can’t regurgitate last night’s order; it must be the meat itself. I must summon the very weapons that will cut it fresh. I can’t offer up a dose of the “sads” or an intellectualized memory. I can’t chicken out here and become sentimental. Beckett has shown me that sentimentality isn’t truthful—it is the languageof…

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“When Chekhov is front of [Dodin] there is a conversation. Don’t see Three Sisters just to know about Chekhov. Chekhov is in a book you can read it. This is about Dodin and his actors who are trying to bring [Chekhov] back. . . This is the reaction of a contemporary person to what is going on [in the text].” – Anatoly Smeliansky   There are many great opportunities that come with presenting international work,…

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