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ABOUT HAPPY DAYS
Something has occurred. And now Winnie can’t leave—can’t see anyone—can’t move—is perpetually stuck. There is little to do but brush her teeth and maintain hope.
Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days (“One of the most unforgettable plays in the modern canon.” – The New York Times) is the ultimate emblem of perseverance. In the iconic playwright’s lifelong pursuit to illuminate consciousness on stage, Beckett devised Winnie: a tour de force of charm and grit, helplessly buried up to her waist in the ground. She endures the wearisome humdrum of endless, interchangeable days. And now, speaking to an audience who has faced a year of quarantine, the play endures too.
To commemorate the play’s 60th anniversary, New York’s the wild project and director Nico Krell are revitalizing this mammoth, mysterious work. In an exception allowed only during the global pandemic, the performance will be recorded and broadcast online, delicately translated to the screen by a team of artists working on the cutting edge of digital theatre.
Featuring several Princeton alumni including Tessa Albertson ’20 as Winnie, Jake Austin Robertson ’15 as Willie, directed by Nico Krell ’18, costume design by Jules Peiperl ’17, and sound design by Stanley Mathabane ’17.
Presented by the wild project in the East Village, New York City, in association with Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies.
JOIN THE EVENT
This virtual event is free and open to the public. The film will be preceded by an introduction with director Krell and Princeton Professor and Fund for Irish Studies Chair Paul Muldoon. The event will take place on Zoom Webinar; advance registration required.
This event is recorded for archival purposes only and will not be available for viewing after the event.
If you are in need of other access accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact the Lewis Center at 609-258-5262 or email LewisCenter@princeton.edu at least 2 weeks in advance of the event date.
The Fund for Irish Studies affords all Princeton students, and the community at large, a wider and deeper sense of the languages, literatures, drama, visual arts, history, politics, and economics not only of Ireland but of “Ireland in the world.” The series is produced by the Lewis Center for the Arts and the 2020-21 edition of the series is organized by Paul Muldoon.
The Fund for Irish Studies is generously sponsored by the Durkin Family Trust and the James J. Kerrigan, Jr. ’45 and Margaret M. Kerrigan Fund for Irish Studies.