The British production came off largely according to Beckett's vision, but the same cannot be said of the American premiere earlier that year. The play's producers (including Edward Albee, "of all people," Gontarski comments) refused to permit Alan Schneider's staging of the play according to the stage directions provided by Beckett and threatened to withdraw the play were the staging not rendered more audience-friendly (as they perceived it).
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Hunka on Beckett
In long post George Hunka discusses the production history and influence of Beckett's Play.