Master Class Showcase explores work of Samuel Beckett

Famous writer’s works are compiled into new original performance

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KENNESAW, Ga. (September 5, 2013)

One famous Irish author; a number of his plays, prose and poems; two weeks of intensive studying and rehearsing; and the director of The Gaiety School of Acting will all come together to create a unique and original Master Class Showcase for Kennesaw State Department of Theatre and Performance Studies students: “All the Dead Voices” – Silence and Stillness – The Voice in Beckett will bring the works of Samuel Beckett to the Onyx Theater on Sept. 13-18.


Professor John Gentile coordinated the visit by the renowned theatre director of Beckett's work and KSU artist-in-residence Patrick Sutton, director of The Gaiety School of Acting – The National Theatre School of Ireland. “The performance will be an original compiled work using selections from Beckett’s plays, prose and poetry developed in rehearsal over two intensive weeks with the student cast,” Gentile explains.


The student actors who have been working with Sutton have developed a strong understanding of Beckett and his works, and they will convey this through their performance. "The intensive is as much a study of Beckett for the actors as it is a rehearsal process," Gentile says.


This study was greatly enhanced by the involvement of Sutton; KSU's Department of Theatre and Performance Studies first developed a professional partnership with Sutton and the Gaiety School of Acting in 2001 when Gentile and Sutton developed the summer study abroad program, Acting in Irish Drama. Since then, Sutton has continued to support the program. "The experience of working with a first-rate theatre director who is also a Beckett expert is an extraordinary opportunity for our student actors," Gentile explains.


These performances are also an incredible opportunity for KSU and the local community to experience a performance directed by someone with Sutton's experience and prominence. "I encourage everyone who loves theatre and literature to place this production on their calendar, get their tickets early and make seeing it a priority," Gentile says. "It is a performance not to be missed!"


The performances will be held in the Onyx Theater on Sept. 13-18, with a Sunday matinee showing at 2 p.m. and all other shows at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12, with discounts available for KSU personnel, seniors and military. For more information, visit the box office online or call 770-423-6650.


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