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Radio Play, Dramatic Comedy
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Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
Settings Of Play - An unidentified "listening" space.
Bare Stage/Simple Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes
No Special Cautions
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Words and Music is a complex “radio play” that sets up a dynamic between “Words” and “Music” as two character voices, existing in an uneasy relationship and under the command of a mysterious figure named Croak. A somewhat distracted tyrant, Croak issues commands to both Words and Music – whom he calls “Joe” and “Bob” respectively – to formulate expressions on a series of topics including “Love,” “Age,” and finally “the Face.”
"...like many of Beckett’s short dramatic works, [Words and Music] provides a rich scaffold for the ivy of academic interpretation." - The Modern Word "...each production of Words and Music will naturally vary according the cast bringing it to life – the director, conductor, actors and musicians will all have their own interpretations as well." - The Modern Word
Words and Music was recorded and broadcast on the BBC Third Programme on November 13, 1962, and was originally scored by Samuel's cousin, John Beckett.
All Male, Cross gender casting, Flexible casting
In the original radio play, Bob (Music) was instrumental music, but in a staged version and actor could play the role.
N/A (Not a musical)
CROAK - a doddery old man, testy and maudlin.JOE - WordsBOB - Music
Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) is widely recognized as one of the greatest dramatists of the twentieth century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969.
Mr. Beckett is most renowned for his play Waiting for Godot which launched his career in theatre. He then went on to write numerous successful full-length plays, including Endgame in 1957, Krapp’s Last Tape in 1958, and Happy Days in ... view full profile
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