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27Jun/12

RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL: ACT WITHOUT WORDS II

Dublin’s Company SJ is presenting free Beckett in a downtown alley as part of River to River Festival

Theatre Alley between Nassau and Centre Sts., enter at Ann St.
Nightly through June 29, free but advance reservations encouraged, 9:00
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Dublin-based theater troupe Company SJ, headed by artistic director Sarah Jane Scaife, specializes in presenting works by such Irish playwrights as J. M. Synge, Samuel Beckett, and contemporary writer Marina Carr. The company is in New York City this week at the River to River Festival, performing their unique thirty-minute version of Beckett’s Act Without Words II, a mime initially written in French in 1959 before Beckett translated it into English. A hit at the 2009 Dublin Fringe Festival and the 2012 Dublin Theatre Festival, the surreal, existential production features Raymond Keane and Bryan Burroughs as a pair of chaps who crawl out of sacks to face a mysterious world beset by drugs, homelessness, and other dramatic problems. Taking place in an outdoor alley between Nassau and Centre Sts. on a set designed by Aedín Cosgrove, Act Without Words II is being presented nightly through June 29 at 9:00. Admission is free, but advance reservations are strongly recommended.

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