Photo Flash: The Wilbury Group Presents ILL SEEN ILL SAID

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Ill Seen Ill Said is a late work from Samuel Beckett that paints a haunting picture of an old woman alone in a cabin, who watches the evening and the morning star and ventures out chiefly to visit a grave. In prose of great poetic beauty, which the author translated from his original French text Mal vu mal dit in 1982, Beckett returns to the imagery of the Old and New Testaments to speculate on the great questions of human existence. Not I is an eloquent and haunting short play that has been hailed as a masterpiece of its genre and is most well-known for it's striking image of a floating mouth in absolute darkness. Employing a stream of consciousness technique, it combines seemingly disjointed fragments of memory and poetic resonances into a rich and revealing mosaic of the longings, doubts, and frailties underlying the human condition.

Check out photos from the show below!

In addition to performances of Ill Seen Ill Said & Not I, this production will feature conversations with artists on the topic of "Knowing"; that is, getting to know something without dispelling it's mystery. Scheduled guests are Jeff Prystowsky (2/23), Angela Howard-McParland, Janet Cooper Nelson, and Noah Bragg (2/24), Paul Myoda (2/25), and Brien Lang (2/26).

Ill Seen Ill Said & Not I are presented by The Wilbury Group's new works development program Studio W, through special arrangement with Georges Borchardt, Inc. on behalf of the Estate of Samuel Beckett, and support from Dramatists Guild Foundation and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Learn more about the show at

Photo credit: James Lastowski

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