Mar 16 – 20, 2016



"Lisa Dwan’s stunning performance of three short plays by Samuel Beckett … highlights Beckett’s extraordinary approach to theatricality. Stripping away all the artifice of the stage, Beckett focuses on a range of feeling, something Dwan delivers with an intensity that is never less than mesmerizing.  Dwan’s performance is unsettling and thrilling all at once. Under the precise direction of Walter Asmus, every beat, every breath, becomes fraught with Beckett’s layered meaning, fueled by our own emotions.  'Not I,' ‘Footfalls,' and ‘Rockaby' clock in at just an hour, but after you leave the theater you may find yourself aching to repeat one or another, to catch something you are sure you missed the first time around, to keep up with the pace.  And isn’t that exactly Beckett’s point about the way we approach our lives?”
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In this critically acclaimed staging of three one-woman plays by Samuel Beckett, directed by the playwright’s longtime friend Walter Asmus, the obsessive rhythms of existence are laid bare. In Not I, a woman—reduced to a mere mouth, suspended in total darkness—seeks solace in a relentless stream of her own broken speech. In Footfalls, a tattered soul, drained of life, paces outside her dying mother’s bedroom. And in Rockaby, a woman slowly withdraws from the world, rocked to eternal sleep in her mother’s chair. Lisa Dwan, who drew ecstatic reviews for her performances at BAM, the Royal Court Theatre and in the West End, stars in all three of these shorts, performing with mastery and grace.

“Ms. Dwan, you see, is an instrument of Beckett, in that way saints and martyrs are said to be instruments of God." – The New York Times


Buy a "Choose Your Own (Any 2 Shows)" ticket package and save 15% off tickets to both Not I / Footfalls / Rockaby and Marissa Chibas's astonishing performance in Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary

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  • Location: Emerson/Paramount Mainstage
  • Run Time: 60 minutes with no intermission



  • Written by: Samuel Beckett
  • Performed by: Lisa Dwan
  • Directed by: Walter Asmus
  • Produced in association with ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann
  • Originally co-produced with the Royal Court Theatre, in association with Cusack Projects Limited