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Arts / Entertainment

Three Short Plays, Three Short Shocks

November 11, 2010

Samuel Beckett's plays have been called some of the most compelling and deeply poetic works written for the stage. The genre is absurd theatre--a style of theatre that takes the form of man's reaction to a world apparently without meaning. The Center for Studies in Beckett and Performance presents a medley of two of Beckett's works and a newly written play by CSU's Eric Prince.

Sisters, written by Eric Prince, is a play of innocence, childhood, and the supernatural.

The Center for Studies in Beckett and Performance and the Colorado State University Theatre Program presents Three Short Plays / Three Short Shocks, directed by Eric Prince.

The performances are at 8 p.m. nightly on:

  • Thursday, Nov. 11
  • Friday, Nov. 12
  • Saturday, Nov. 13

All performances take place in the Studio Theatre at the University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St.

This event is made possible by the Lilla B. Morgan Memorial Fund, Colorado State University.   


  • $9/CSU students
  • $18/public

Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) Ticket Office in the UCA Griffin Lobby, by phone at 970-491-2787, or online.

Politics, power, soliloquy, and the supernatural

What Where, written by Beckett in 1983, is the Irish Nobel Prize-winning writer’s final play – a brief, strange parable of politics, power and poetry.

Not I, performed by a mouth, is arguably the most remorseless test of acting ever written for a female actor.

Not I, performed by a mouth, is arguably the most remorseless test of acting ever written for a female actor, and features guest artist and CSU faculty Wendy Ishii.

This new creative collaboration of Beckett’s most remarkable and unforgettable short play lasts less than 20 minutes, yet contains all the force and elemental drama of a hurricane in your living room.

Sisters, newly written by Eric Prince for this event, is a play of innocence, childhood and the supernatural.

Studies in Beckett and Performance

The Center for Studies in Beckett and Performance, established in 2002, is the creative and scholarly outcome of a small number of CSU theatre faculty who share an abiding fascination for Samuel Beckett’s plays, some of the most compelling and deeply poetic works to be written for the stage.

Center likely the only one of its kind

More words and critical commentaries have been written about Beckett than any other playwright, with the exception of Shakespeare, yet the center appears to be the only one of its kind in the United States or Europe.

The primary mission, as an academic center, is to give to Beckett’s plays new life and new audiences. The center also creates new work that, similarly to Beckett, seeks to challenge the boundaries of contemporary theatre practice.

The Center for Studies in Beckett and Performance is an integral feature of the Colorado State University theatre program. The center has long enjoyed a close collaborative relationship with diverse partners, none more significant than Fort Collins’ innovative Bas Bleu Theatre.

Samuel Beckett, widely regarded as one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1959.

Director an authority on Beckett

Eric Prince, Ph.D., professor in Theatre, Colorado State University, is a director, playwright and educator, whose doctoral thesis, The Stagecraft of Samuel Beckett, for the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, was the natural outcome of a lifelong interest in the art of Samuel Beckett.

Prince has written and published many essays and features on Beckett‘s theatre, including in-depth interviews with acclaimed performers and interpreters of Beckett, including Billie Whitelaw, Sir Peter Hall, David Warrilow, Jude Kelly, Antoni Libera, Pamela Howard, Prunella Scales, Barry McGovern.

Prince has also directed many Beckett plays including: Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Footfalls, Embers, Come and Go, What Where, Not I, and Play.

Artistic director Wendy Ishii

Wendy Ishii is the founding artistic director of Bas Bleu Theatre, Fort Collins, Colorado, which inventively staged Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days as the theatre’s inaugural production in 1994. 

Ishii is also a master teacher of acting with the CSU faculty. She has performed a number of important Beckett roles to regional and international critical acclaim, including Winnie (Happy Days), May (Footfalls), Ada (Embers), Mouth (Not I), and the female protagonist of the prose work Ill Seen Ill Said.

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