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Beckett's instructions at ones peril. It is not impossible but it must be done
carefully. Nowhere did this become a struggle as much as in the design of the set.
Beckett has described a very clear picture of the physical setting of the play: Gray
light, windows high on the back wall etc.
was in some way a strong contrast to the feeling of the play. To create a bright, sun-
lit room with a nice blond wooden floor and a gorgeous sunny day visible through
the windows. However as I began to think about the play more deeply and
especially in light of the venue being the Horace Mann theatre, I decided that it
would be stronger to go with something more similar to the gray room described by
ENDGAME. So I was thinking in terms of stripping the space down and doing it in
the bare space that would result.
at the beginning and end of the show. I knew a Shostokovich piano prelude that
was perfect for the "sunny" feeling I was thinking of. However, when I gave up the
"sunny" idea I decided to not add any sound whatsoever.
was not directly called for by the action. She was confused (as I was) by my
conservatism in regards to exiting the bounds that the script set forth. This lead to a
great deal of discussion.