College puts on Beckett plays

first_imgLANCASTER – People can sip lattes, listen to blues music and watch plays by a Nobel Prize winner depicting a woman buried up to her neck in dirt and actors encased in giant vases. Irish writer Samuel Beckett’s absurdist short plays are being performed by Antelope Valley College this weekend and next in “Samuel Beckett Gets the Blues.” The soundtrack is provided by a guitar, bass and drums trio in a cafe bistro setting, with the audience sitting at tables to drink coffee and eat raspberry lemon torte and tiramisu. “It’s going to be something totally different,” said Joe Barnard, a regular actor in Antelope Valley College and community theater productions who appears in one play. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Barnard will act encased in a giant vase up to his neck, sitting on stage with two women also encased up to their necks in giant vases. That play, called “Play,” is about a love triangle. “It’s just really out there,” Barnard said. Beckett wrote in both English and French and is best known for the play “Waiting for Godot.” He received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1969 and died in 1989. Director Mark Branner described the five pieces to be presented – “Act Without Words 1,” “Catastrophe,” “Play,” “Rockaby” and “Happy Days” – as “delightfully absurd.” Branner said Beckett is known for “hilarious tragedies” about human survival, suffering and search for meaning. While Barnard, college instructor Eugenie Trow and Kim Barker stand in giant vases in “Play,” Grace Vautrain starts out “Happy Days” up to her waist in dirt and ends with dirt up to her neck. The production will continue tonight at 8, Sunday at 2 p.m. and Friday and Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. in the Black Box Theater at the college, 3041 W. Ave. K. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for senior or military, and $8 for students or AVC employees with proper identification. Advance tickets can be purchased by calling the AVC Theatre Arts Department’s Ticket Hotline at (661) 722-6300, Ext. 6728. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more