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* Phase 4
work with the text itself. Although we were still very open to discussions similar to
the earlier source work, there was much more of a focus on the play and how we
would approach it. We began reading the play through at each meeting.
insights that we all had: Biblical parallels, clues to the actual nature of the characters
etc. As in the more oblique source work, we were not looking for things that we
would actually put onto the stage. Rather it was a process of hunting down every
hint and suggestion we could find in the text, finding as much as we could whether
it was practical or not. What we were looking for was layers. To build up a mass of
contradictions and paradoxes that would, in effect, cushion us from the danger of
looking for an interpretation that would tie us down.
play, rather than an understanding or explanation of the play. We had to find a way
to perform the play in a way that would hand the mysteries of it to the audience.
problem would be preserving it. To find a way to provoke laughter without
lightening the situation. To balance the tragedy with the comedy. To borrow
Beckett's own term; a "tragicomedy." This was essential because I knew that if we
created something that was simply heavy, it would never hold. We had to find as
much color in the gray of this play as we could. Otherwise the gray would
use of the "Pause." It was clear that Beckett was indicating something about the