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“DEAR MR. BECKETT: Letters from the Publisher.” A Panel Discussion

February 23, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

Dear Mr. Beckett pays homage – through letters, interviews, contracts, photos, and scribbles – to two extraordinary men and the relationship between them: One definitively changed the world of publishing by his uncanny sense of who and when, by his courage and perseverance before the laws of censorship, and by being outrageous when it mattered most. The other revolutionized the theater and the broader literary landscape by giving remarkable shape in word and image to the shapelessness of life. This panel of directors, actors, scholars, and close friends of Beckett and/or Rosset will converse about who and what these two remarkable men were for each other and, still today, are for us all.
Join us for a panel discussion, followed by a reception with:

Tom Bishop is the Florence Lacaze Gould Professor of French Literature at New York University where, for many years, he was Chair, Department of French, and Director, Center for French Civilization and Culture.  He has published extensively on contemporary French literature and the history of ideas, especially with respect to the work of Samuel Beckett with whom he shared a long friendship.  His many honors include the Grand Prix de l´Académie Française and an OBIE Award for achievement in Off-Broadway Theatre.

Bill Irwin, who has just completed a run of On Beckett at the A.C.T in San Francisco and is headed for an upcoming TV series (on FX) called LEGION, was an original member of San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus and Kraken directed by Herbert Blau.  Among his best-known creations for the theater are Fool Moon and Mr. Fox: A Rumination, though his performances in the theatrical work of others (Endgame, Show Boat, Waiting for Godot, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, to name but a few) and on television (PBS Great Performances: Bill Irwin Clown Prince, Third Rock from the Sun, Northern Exposure, Elmo’s World, The Cosby Show, Bette Midler: Mondo Beyondo, Law and Order SVU and a great many more) have earned him numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer’s Fellowship, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, and a MacArthur Fellowship (aka the “Genius Award”).

Jan Jonson is an actor and director who first appeared in Waiting for Godot in Gothenburg, Sweden playing “the boy” when he was fourteen years old.  He has directed Godot at the Kumla Maximum Security State Prison in Sweden and at the San Quentin State Prison in California as well as Beckett’s Endgame at the ILA Maximum Security Prison in Norway and Happy Days at the Sagsjö Female Security Prison in Sweden.

Lois Oppenheim (moderator) is University Distinguished Scholar, Professor of French, and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Montclair State University. She has authored or edited fourteen books, including The Painted Word: Samuel Beckett’s Dialogue With Art and Directing Beckett. In 2013 she was awarded the  Courage to Dream Prize from the American Psychoanalytic Association for her book Imagination from Fantasy to Delusion.

Charlotte Moore is the Artistic Director of the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York City. She was a friend, a colleague, and a great admirer of Barney Rosset.

Astrid Myers Rosset assisted her husband during his many years as publisher of Blue Moon Books, Foxrock Books, and the online Evergreen Review.

Robert Scanlan is President and Artistic Director of The Poets’ Theatre, and formerly Professor of the Practice of Theatre in the English Department at Harvard University, where he chaired Harvard’s Committee on Dramatics. For many years, he was Literary Director of the American Repertory Theater. Scanlan directs frequently in America and abroad and has been awarded the Boston Theatre Award for Outstanding Director. He writes and lectures frequently about the staging of Beckett’s work and about contemporary American playwriting.


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February 23, 2017
6:30 pm


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