ENDGAME, by Samuel Beckett (Feb 7-9)

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In partnership with the Tallahassee Irish Repertory Theater, Palaver Tree Theater is thrilled to host three performances of this limited and special run in Crawfordville.

This is a special revised version of Endgame, which was written by Beckett himself, along with Beckett scholar S.E. Gontarski -- the dramaturg of this production -- and has only been staged in the United States twice prior to this run.


HEAR MORE: Listen to preeminent Beckett expert S.E. Gontarski, director Gary Brame, actor Jim McMurtry, and IRT board member Lanny Thomas discuss this production, the intricacies of the play, and Beckett's approach, as broadcast on Perspectives with Tom Flanigan on WFSU Radio.



Friday, February 7, 7:30pm
(with cast and director talk-back to follow)
Saturday, Febuary 8, 7:30pm
Sunday, February 9, 2pm
(with introductions before and special talk-back to follow with world-renowned Beckett scholar S.E. Gontarski)


A play in one act...

In this dark, sardonic, and irreverent comedy by Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett, the apocalypse has come to pass, but it has only left ruinous frustration in its wake. At least for the blind and crippled Hamm, his crippled parents Nagg and Nell, and his resentful servant Clov, who have all somehow survived -- cloistered for time unknown -- in a ramshackle home at the edge of the world. And with every day, they repeat their aggravated struggle and wait for the end ... or a sign, or some activity outside, or a satisfaction that never comes. 

Borrowing its name from a term in chess -- in which there are still moves to play in a match, but of which the outcome is inevitable -- Beckett ponders the circuitous and common nature of life (and death) with hilarity and his signature dark sensibilities.

Directed by Gary Brame
Dramaturgy by Professor S. E. Gontarski
Featuring Jim McMurtry, Caleb Goodman, Tahirih Lee, and Alan Kagan


Samuel Beckett was the recipient of the 1969 Nobel Prize in literature and is widely considered one of the 20th century’s greatest playwrights and novelists. Beckett’s other well-known works include Waiting for Godot (Endgame being his anticipated follow-up), and the novels Molloy, Murphy and Watt.

Endgame, written and first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in 1957, is considered by many to be his single greatest work.   

The play is directed by area veteran Gary Brame, who has over thirty years of experience with works in the theatrical avant-garde.

The world-renowned Beckett scholar S.E. Gontarski will be acting as dramaturg for the for the production. 

Additionally, tune in to WFSU on Thursday, January 23, for a special episode of Perspectives with Tom Flanigan. This show will be dedicated to Endgame, with guests: Gary Brame, the director; S. E. Gontarski, the dramaturg; and, Jim McMurtry, IRT’s chair and the role of Hamm in this production.


Palaver Tree Members can request their discount tickets by contacting Palaver Tree at palavertreetheater@gmail.com