Wilbury's Studio W Program Announces ILL SEEN ILL SAID and NOT I

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The Wilbury Group's New Works development program, Studio W, proudly announces a staged-adaptation of Samuel Beckett's classic novella, Ill Seen Ill Said, adapted and directed by Erik Ehn with exclusive permission from the Samuel Beckett Estate.

Presented for just 4 performances February 23-26, Ill Seen Ill Said is a late work by Beckett that follows an elderly woman's journey as she leaves her isolated cabin and ventures into the woods to visit a grave. Performances of Ill Seen Ill Said will also feature talkback sessions with artists from the community on the topic of "Making", and will then be followed by performances of Beckett's rarely performed short stream-of-consciousness piece, Not I.

Ill Seen Ill Said & Not I are presented February 23-26, 2017 at The Wilbury Theatre Group, 393 Broad Street Providence RI. Tickets are $5-$15. Call 401.400.7100 or www.thewilburygroup.org.

One of the great writers of the 20th century, Beckett won the Nobel Prize in 1969. He is remembered primarily as a novelist and playwright, producing Waiting for Godot and the trilogy Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnameable, though he was also a poet and, when he chose to be, a discerning critic of great originality. Beckett continues to exert a powerful influence on other writers and interest in his work has continued to grow since his death in 1989.

"This project is the second in our series of collaborations with Erik this year," said Wilbury Artistic Director Josh Short, "and we continue to be proud to present Erik's singular vision to Providence audiences. It's an honor to be given exclusive permission by the Beckett Estate to present Ill Seen to audiences, and we can't wait to share what Erik and his creative team have developed for this incredibly unique piece by one of the greatest playwrights of all time."


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.


Ill Seen Ill Said & Not I written by Samuel Beckett directed by Erik Ehn
CAST Shannon Hartman (Ill Seen Ill Said) Jessica March (Not I)
CREATIVE TEAM Brien Lang, Sound Design/Music Direction Paul Myoda, Lighting & Scenic Design Kate Kataja, Production Management Liz Oakley, Stage Management
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Thursday, February 23, 7:30pm
Friday, February 24, 7:30pm
Saturday, February 25, 7:30pm
Sunday, February 26, 2:00pm

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

Founded in 2010, The Wilbury Group is an ever-evolving collaboration of artists committed to presenting adventurous audiences with the highest quality professional theatre. Founded on the belief that quality theatre should be an affordable and accessible means of enrichment to the community; The Wilburys present contemporary, experiential theatre that simultaneously engage, inspire, and provoke thought among audiences.

As the official resident theatre company in the historic Trinity Square Theater at the Southside Cultural Center, The Wilbury Theatre Group is committed to providing our diverse and evolving community with affordable access to the performing arts through our Education program, public outreach programs, and professional productions of cutting-edge theatre from around the world.

The Wilbury Group's 2016/17 season is supported by The Avery Providence, The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Revival Brewing Company, and Dramatists Guild Foundation. Learn more at www.thewilburygroup.org.

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