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for my final soliloquy"33
or he is dispensing with the pretense of fiction.
was the last moment of the play. In Rachel's case it meant keeping the possibility
that Clov really would leave at any moment, alive and real. For Jay it meant
having Hamm repeatedly trying to end the play. In both cases we could play against
the fact that few people in the audience would know the play well enough to
actually know how much more there was. As the play progresses it becomes more
and more possible that each pause is actually the end.
by the fact that Beckett had laid out the movement of Hamm and Clov as carefully
as he had laid out the text. The main problem became speed. As we accelerated the
text it became incumbent upon Rachel to move faster and faster. Given the amount
and detail of
Clov can accomplish the tasks. The struggle with this physical barrier gave to Clov's
character a sense of agitation. Rachel's own difficulty keeping the business straight
and her resulting sense of stress, strengthened this sense. At the same time, this
difficulty kept Jay from being able to move the text as quickly as he would like,
giving him a sense of impatience and frustration that fit well with Hamm's cruelty
and brutal treatment of Clov.
provided by Beckett are that Hamm cannot stand and that Clov cannot sit. There
are no clear reasons given for these constraints. But in creating the physical world
of the play, the nature of the characters' disabilities were critical. Since little else of