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struggled in practical ways to anchor his inspirations with his craft. This gave Jay a
foundation from which to explore without losing his own history.
to work with on anything, but given the challenges of ENDGAME, these qualities
were absolutely necessary.
which actor would play which role. My initial instinct was that Rachel would play
Hamm and Jay Clov. This had to do with my own history and identification with
the Clov role and the physical similarity between Jay and myself. In initial readings,
Jay and Rachel flip-flopped roles and after a couple of times through it became clear
that Jay was Hamm and Rachel Clov.4
possible about the other role, almost to the point of being able to play it.
create a bilingual version of the play; Two of my former colleagues from the Suzuki
company became immediate candidates for Nagg and Nell, and I began to think
about the idea of having the two "ash-can" characters speaking their lines in
Japanese. There was something in this idea which resonated for me personally ,5
but there was little in the play to justify such a choice. I was still interested in an
international cast, but by the time it became clear that one of the actors I was
considering would not be available, I was ready to let the bilingual idea go entirely.
who struck me as an excellent actor for the role of Nagg. He had performed a good
deal of Beckett with his own company in Vancouver including KRAPP'S LAST