UA Little Rock to Host ‘Beckett’s Briefs’ Performance Oct. 20-24

Student performers Margo Gifford, Trystan Benson, and Essence Simon'e rehearse "Come and Go" in the Center for Performing Arts at UA Little Rock.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host a performance of “Beckett’s Briefs: Short Works by Samuel Beckett” Oct. 20-24.

Presented by the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, the play will take place in Haislip Theatre in the Center for Performing Arts at UA Little Rock. The performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20-23. The final performance on Sunday, Oct. 24, will begin at 2:30 p.m.

“Beckett’s Briefs” includes the following shorts by Samuel Beckett: “Quad,” “Act Without Words I,” “Come and Go,” “Rough for Theatre I,” “Play,” “Act Without Words II,” and “What Where.” The production will also include an original piece, “Fortuit,” by Katherine Greer and Stacy Pendergraft.

Directed by Stacy Pendergraft, “Beckett’s Briefs” presents seven short works by the legendary Irish playwright, Samuel Beckett. The pieces that were chosen for this production juxtapose the author’s physical and language-driven theatrical work, exploring the paths and patterns of the human experience.

The production will feature unique portable structures and a blend of scenic and costume design created through shared research and brought to life by the student acting ensemble under the guidance of Technical Director Frank Mott and Costume Designer Don Bolinger. Presented with seating on all four sides, this unconventional production promises to pique your curiosity and challenge your preconceptions of theatre-making.

The performers include Trystan Benson, a senior theatre major, Lexi Brooks, a sophomore dance and theatre major, Steven Dotson, a theatre major; Brayden Fitts, a senior theatre major; Margo Gifford, a theatre alum, Leonel Martinez, a freshman theatre major; Anthony Morris, a senior theatre major, and Essence Simon’e, a senior theatre major.

Tickets to “Beckett’s Briefs” will be $5 for UA Little Rock students and employees and $10 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased online at ualr.edu/theatre or over the phone at 501-916-3291. Facemasks will be required.

All ticket sales must be made in advance, and no tickets will be sold at the door. Ticket sales for each performance will end three hours before showtime. The ticketing software will automatically block out a seat on either side of you to allow for social distancing. If you’d like to sit with another attendee, please purchase your tickets together to avoid social-distancing holds between seats.

“Quad” by Samuel Beckett is presented through arrangement with Georges Borchardt, Inc. All rights reserved. “Quad” was originally written as a teleplay. “Act Without Words I & II,” “Come and Go,” “Rough for Theatre I,” “Play,” and “What Where” by Samuel Beckett are presented by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

For more information, contact the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at theatre@ualr.edu or 501-916-3291.

In the upper right photo, student performers Margo Gifford, Trystan Benson, and Essence Simon’e rehearse “Come and Go” in the Center for Performing Arts at UA Little Rock. 

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