Happy Days

January 8 – February 2, 2008

Premiere New York Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin England, United Kingdom
Description The magnificent Fiona Shaw renews her partnership with director Deborah Warner—following the pair's stunning Medea (BAM 2002 Next Wave Festival)—in an arresting performance as a woman faced with no option but optimism. Inhabiting Beckett's taut prose, voluminous silences, and angular rhythms, Shaw discovers an emotional space where even the merest fragments of something are infinitely richer than nothing.
A piercing bell sounds, and Winnie, buried in rubble up to her waist, awakes. Trapped, she rummages in a bag, brushes her teeth, kisses her gun, and chatters to her husband Willy (Tim Potter), who all but ignores her. And yet, nothing could be better. Samuel Beckett's two-person masterpiece, Happy Days, offers a portrait in miniature of companionship at its hyperbolic limit: a couple having only one another, and then hardly that.
Identifier 2008s.00890
VenueBAM Strong (Majestic, BAM Majestic, BAM Harvey Theater, The Rudin Family Gallery)
costume designerLuca Costigliolo
lighting designerJean Kalman
musical directorMel Mercier
playwrightSamuel Beckett
set designer/decorTom Pye, Christopher Shutt