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How Absurd…Post Theatre Company Presents an Evening of Shorts by Samuel Beckett


Stephanie Koithan,Internal Communications Coordinator
LIU Post, Long Island University

The Post Theatre Company, the not-for-profit resident theatre company of the Department of Theatre, Film and Dance at LIU Post, will present seven performances of short works by Samuel Beckett.  The performances, directed by Shelley Butler, will run October 5-6 & October 11-14, 2012

All shows will be at 7:30 p.m. except for a "pay-what-you-wish" 2 p.m. matinee on October 12, and a 3 p.m. matinee on October 14. The October 12 matinee will be preceded by a Hutton House lecture by Professor Rick DesRochers, and immediately followed by a question & answer session with the cast.  The production will be staged on LIU Post's Little Theatre Mainstage, and opens Post Theatre Company's 2012-13 Season.

Focusing on several specific works from the canon of this influential absurdist playwright ("Come and Go," "Rough for Theatre II," "Catastrophe," "What Where"and"Quad"),  Post Theatre Company embraces the continued exploration of genres outside of psychological realism that have so greatly influenced contemporary theatre.

Shelley Butler's directing credits run the gamut of theatre eras and genres, and recently have included Charles L. Mee's "Agamemnon 2.0"(Cadbury Theatre, UK), "The Nightshade Family" (SPF on Theatre Row), the New York premiere of Adam Rapp's "Mistral" (Drama League), "Charlotte's Web" and "James and the Giant Peach" (South Coast Repertory), "Romeo and Juliet" (Beck Center), "Steel Magnolias" (Porthouse Theater), and"Kid Simple" (UNC PAPT). Butler has also worked as a Directors Guild of America assistant director trainee on TV shows "ER," "Bones" and "The Unit."

Tickets for performances of Beckett Shorts are $10 for the general public, and $5 for students and seniors, general admission seating.  For more information on the performance, or to purchase tickets, call the Post Theatre Company Box Office at (516) 299-2356 or email All ticket revenue goes to a scholarship fund for theatre students at LIU Post. LIU Post (formerly the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University) is located on Northern Boulevard (Route 25A) between Glen Cove Road and Route 107.

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Posted 09/20/2012

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