Sunday, October 23, 2011

Brian Dennehy Brings Krapp's Last Tape to Long Wharf

Tickets go on sale to the general public for the critically renowned production of Krapp’s Last Tape, by Samuel Beckett, starring Brian Dennehy, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. The show will take place on Stage II from Nov. 29 through Dec. 18. Tickets are $70.

“Brian Dennehy is, without question, one of America’s greatest stage actors. His extraordinary performance in Hughie several seasons ago was something we will always remember and we are thrilled beyond measure that he is returning with another of his incredible performances in Krapp’s Last Tape,” said Gordon Edelstein, artistic director.

The play is directed by Jennifer Tarver and has had runs at the Shakespeare Festival Theater in Ontario and the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. “It’s probably the greatest play I’ve ever been involved with and I’ve done a lot of great plays,” Dennehy told the New York Times in 2010. “But Krapp’s is everyone’s life.

In the twilight of his life, Krapp—alone now except for his memories—relives the moment years before when he glimpsed a chance at happiness. Samuel Beckett’s haunting monologue meditates on time’s passage, loves lost, and the rituals that both comfort and imprison us. Noted critic Brooks Atkinson of the New York Times described Beckett’s style as “pungent and fabulous.”

Brian Dennehy, who last appeared at Long Wharf Theatre in the critically acclaimed 2008 production of Hughie, has been described by critics as “transformative” in the role of Krapp. A foremost interpreter of the works of Arthur Miller and Eugene O’Neill, he won two Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Play in 2003 for Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night and in 1999 for the 50th anniversary production of Arthur Miller’s Death of A Salesman. A prolific screen actor as well, Dennehy has appeared in F/X, Cocoon, Gorky Park, Presumed Innocent, and Peter Greenway’s In The Belly Of An Architect for which he won the Best Actor Award at the Chicago Film Festival, among many others.

For more information, visit www.longwharf.org or call 203-787-4282.

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