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'Endgame' by Samuel Beckett

April 7. 2011

Of all Samuel Beckett's plays, 'Endgame' is the work that critics and admirers declare Beckett's greatest and most profound. Beckett is said to have created a masterful play with Existentialist themes that meld tragedy and comedy.

Samuel Beckett's <em> Endgame</em> is currently being performed at the University Center for the Arts. Image by Bill Cotton, CSU Photography.

April 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23
8 p.m. nightly
Sunday April 17 matinee at 2 p.m.
University Theatre
University Center for the Arts

Waiting for Godot may be Beckett’s best known play, but Endgame is the work critics, and admirers claim as his greatest, most profound play.

Directed by Eric Prince, professor and director for the Center for Studies in Beckett and Contemporary Theatre Practice at Colorado State University.

Play synopsis

Hamm, a crippled master in some apocalyptic future, and Clov, his servant, play out a comic farce of tragic stature, brilliantly subverted by dark comic values, and wit.

Originally written in French as Fin de partie, Endgame was Beckett’s favorite play, or as Beckett himself put it “the one I dislike least.”

Beckett’s world is the world of a battered heavyweight twitching and groaning on the canvas. It is the twitches and the groans – the confused memories of having once stood erect, and the dazed hope of rising again – which give movement, and pathos, and truth to his remarkable plays.Image by Bill Cotton, CSU Photography.

 ~ Philip Toynbee, 20th C. writer


  • $9/CSU students
  • $18/public

Ticket details

Intense drama, small cast

The intense drama, carried out by a small cast, will be performed by the following students:

  • Hamm – Tim Garrity, sophomore
  • Clov – Mike Toland, junior
  • Nagg – Anthony Vessels
  • Nell – Kelly Oury, junior

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603