Samuel Beckett Radio Plays
     
   

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(Written in 1959)


Henry (Barry McGovern) sits on the strand (beach), tormented by the sound of the sea. He talks to his dead (drowned) father, who doesn't answer, and to his wife, Ada (Billie Whitelaw), who does. Throughout it all the sound of the sea weaves in and out, almost like a third character. Though it was written in 1958-59, in 1986 Samuel Beckett could describe the location (Killiney Beach, near the Foxrock house in which he spent his youth) and the sound of the sea with exacting detail. The the sea at Killiney Beach was recorded for this production.

Produced with a documentary about the play itself which features interviews with the actors performing the the series, as well as with Beckett scholars.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Voices International, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1989
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Everett C. Frost
DOCUMENTARY PRODUCER: Charles Potter
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Faith Wilding
WRITER: Samuel Beckett
PANEL ENGINEER: Peter Novis
SEA SOUND EFFECTS: Liam Saurin
RECORDED SOUND EFFECTS: Bert Coules
SOUND EFFECTS: Mike Etherden
PRODUCTION ENGINEER: Stephen Erickson
HOST: Henry Strozier
CAST: Barry McGovern, Billie Whitelaw
COMMENTARY: Barbara Bray, Barry McGovern, Ruby Cohn, Linda Ben-Zvi

AWARD: New York International Radio Festival, Gold Medal

FORMAT: Compact disk (60:00)
1 CD: drama (48:00); documentary (12:00)

 

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

 
   
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