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Words and Music - Radio Play, Dramatic Comedy

Words and Music

Samuel Beckett

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Radio Play, Dramatic Comedy

3m

ISBN: 9780802150554

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. 

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Description

Radio Play

Dramatic Comedy

Fantasy, Experimental

30 minutes

Settings Of Play - An unidentified "listening" space.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TAGS

Aging, Love

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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. 

Characters

CASTING

3m

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Male, Cross gender casting, Flexible casting

CASTING NOTES

In the original radio play, Bob (Music) was instrumental music, but in a staged version and actor could play the role. 

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

CROAK - a doddery old man, testy and maudlin.
JOE - Words
BOB - Music

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett

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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