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Into the Absurd: Readings and Conversation – Sounds of Silence: Radio Plays by Beckett and Pinter
Absurd, abstract, intriguing, and seldom-performed describe the works taking center stage in the continuing script- in-hand reading series, Into the Absurd: Readings and Conversation presented by The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, the Philadelphia-based theater company whose mission is to present absurdist theater to audiences in the Philadelphia region.
Sounds of Silence: Radio Plays by Beckett and Pinter features two works originally written for radio: Samuel Beckett’s Rough for Radio II and Harold Pinter’s Family Voices. The pair will be brought to life Sunday, July 24 @ 7:30 pm at LEtage Cabaret by IRC performers Andrew Carroll, Tina Brock, David Stanger and Bob Schmidt. Admission is free, with Pay What You Can contributions accepted. Seating is limited, tickets are suggested: RadioPlays.bpt.me.
Samuel Becketts Rough for Radio II originally aired in April 1976 on BBC Radio 3, directed by Martin Esslin, best known for his seminal work The Theatre of the Absurd (1962) in which he coined the title which defines the work of playwrights whose plays share similar qualities: Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionesco, Jean Genet, and Harold Pinter. The production featured Harold Pinter, Billie Whitelaw and Patrick Magee. Harold Pinter’s Family Voices premiered January 1981, also on BBC Radio 3. Voices features a series of interlocking monologues highlighting Pinter’s well-known stylistic traits, exposing the enduring themes of difficulties in communication, the vicissitudes of memory, and family dysfunction.