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Embers a radio play by Samuel Beckett
Photo: J. Michael Whalen
Broadcast through special arrangement with Georges Borchardt, Inc. on behalf of the Estate of Samuel Beckett. All rights reserved.
Date & Location
December 4th, 2014
In early 2013, Arcturus presented a staged version of the radio play, Embers, along with two other short Samuel Beckett plays. Here, we present the work as Beckett himself intended, as a radio play. In Embers, a confused man named Henry tries to make sense of the circumstances of his father’s death, perhaps conjuring up an imagined version of his dead or estranged wife, Ada, but maybe she’s physically present, or is she a ghost? These and other ambiguities are left for the listener to interpret in this eerie and intriguing work.
J. Michael Whalen
“John Brennan’s performance is stunning, nothing short of mastery. A sort of performance akin to watching a slow motion explosion, impossible to turn away from, startling and raw. Embers is painful in a way that haunts, a way that leaves a mark.”
DC Theatre Scene
"It was a thrill to hear Arcturus' production of Embers, Beckett's use of radio's unique ability to calibrate sound and silence, resulting in a playing out between an apparent inner reality of what the play's words describe and what the listener hears from exaggerated sounds of the sea, horses' hooves, tramping of boots, etc., presenting a struggle between a listener and voices crowding in from the void."
Special Thanks to
Colin Davies of Radio Fairfax
John Brennan for co-sponsorship