Act Without Words I

Play

Writers: Samuel Beckett

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
1
First Produced
1957
Genres
Fairy Tale/Fantasy
Time & Place
desert
Cast Size
small
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult characters
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Synopsis

Beckett's short play takes place in a desert illuminated by a "dazzling light". The cast consists of just one man, who is thrown on stage at the start of the play and is thrown back each time he attempts to exit. The main action is of the man trying to reach a small carafe of water, which is always just out of reach, suspended from the flies of the theatre. The entire story is conveyed through mime. After numerous attempts and a failed suicide, the man gives up and is left sitting on the ground.

Lead Characters