Hughie & Krapp's Last Tape


Hughie & Krapp's Last Tape

November 5 - December 16, 2018
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater

Hughie Written by Eugene O'Neill
Krapp's Last Tape Written by Samuel Beckett
Directed by Steven Robman
Featuring Brian Dennehy, Joe Grifasi & Armin Shimerman

In this masterful and memorable double-billing, two-time Tony Award winner Brian Dennehy stars in Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie and Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape. Reprising roles that have garnered critical and popular acclaim, Dennehy brings searing humanity and his extraordinary dramatic skill to this powerful production in our intimate Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater.

Hughie Written by Eugene O'Neill
When high-rolling gambler and small-time hustler Erie Smith loses his confidant Hughie, his life takes a turn for the worse. In his grief, Erie befriends a new hotel night clerk and sees a chance for a winning streak.

Krapp's Last Tape Written by Samuel Beckett
Preparing for his birthday ritual, Krapp stumbles upon a recording of a tender memory from a lifetime ago. As he immerses himself in his own personal history, Krapp questions whether his present lives up to his past.




Hughie and Krapps Last Tape (2018)


Meet The Artists

EUGENE O'NEILL (Playwright, Hughie)
Eugene O’Neill remains the only American playwright to have won the Nobel Prize in Literature (1936). Born in New York City on October 16, 1888, he wrote some fifty plays. His first Broadway play, Beyond the Horizon (1920), won the first of his four Pulitzer Prizes, the last of which went posthumously to Long Day’s Journey Into Night, which was written in 1940 but not published or produced until three years after his death on November 27, 1953. His plays include Anna Christie (1921), The Hairy Ape (1922), Desire Under the Elms (1924), Strange Interlude (1928), Mourning Becomes Electra (1931), A Touch of the Poet (written 1938-1942 but first produced 1958), The Iceman Cometh (written 1939 but first produced 1946), Hughie (written 1942 but first produced 1958) and A Moon for the Misbegotten (written 1943 but first produced 1947), which takes up the story of the character Jamie a decade later.

SAMUEL BECKETT (Playwright, Krapp's Last Tape)
Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) is widely recognized as one of the greatest dramatists of the twentieth century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. Mr. Beckett is most renowned for his play Waiting for Godot, which launched his career in theater. He then went on to write numerous successful full-length plays, including Endgame in 1957, Krapp’s Last Tape in 1958 and Happy Days in 1960. Mr. Beckett received his first commission for radio from the BBC in 1956 for All That Fall. This was followed by a further five plays for radio including Embers, Words and Music and Cascando. Like no other dramatist before him, Mr. Beckett’s works capture the pathos and ironies of modern life yet still maintain his faith in man’s capacity for compassion and survival no matter how absurd his environment may have become.

Steven Robman directed last season’s Geffen Playhouse production of Glen Berger’s Underneath the Lintel. Other recent work in Los Angeles includes stagings of Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! at A Noise Within, Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler at Antaeus Theatre Company, Sebastian Barry’s The Steward of Christendom at the Mark Taper Forum, Bernard Weinraub’s Above the Fold at Pasadena Playhouse and Kathryn Graf’s The Snake Can at Odyssey Theatre. Other work at the Taper includes Babbitt, Hoagy, Bix and Wolfgang Beethoven Bunkhaus and Made in America. Off-Broadway, he directed premieres of Wendy Wasserstein’s Uncommon Women and Others and Isn’t It Romantic, as well as Ron Hutchinson’s Says I Says He and John Lithgow’s Kaufman at Large at the Phoenix Theatre, Alan Knee’s Santa Anita ’42 and Mr. Knee’s adaptation of The Minister’s Black Veil at Playwrights Horizons, and the New York premiere of Gardner McKay’s Sea Marks at Manhattan Theatre Club. His work in other cities includes the premieres of The Gin Game at Actors Theatre of Louisville and Moonlight and Magnolias and High Holidays at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, as well as productions of Rat in the Skull at Wisdom Bridge Theatre, Bonjour, La, Bonjour and Right of Way at the Guthrie Theater, Born Yesterday at Baltimore Center Stage, Bosoms and Neglect and Union Boys at Yale Repertory Theatre, and Alphabetical Order, The Rose Tattoo, and The Bathers at Long Wharf Theatre.

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Performance Info

There will not be Talk Back Tuesday post-show Q+A for this production.

2 hours, including one 15 minute intermission.

There is no late seating.