Rockaby

by Samuel Beckett

Directed by Damien J. Wallace and Lane Savadove

Starring Cathy Simpson, Karen Vicks & Melanie Julian

Production Sponsor: Judith Charles Memorial Fund

A 10-Minute Performance for an Audience of One
March 10th-21st, 2021

Point Breeze, East Oak Lane, Passyunk Crossing

This socially-distanced, radically intimate performance takes place between you and a single actor through a closed window of a private home in your choice of three locations across the city.  Alone, you arrive at a street corner and are guided to a private residence where a single chair awaits you, facing a window shrouded by blinds.  You take your seat, put on headphones, and watch as the blinds slowly rise to reveal a woman inside, swaying in her rocker. Her thoughts, in the form of Beckett’s text, enter directly into your ears, allowing your mind and hers to merge.  In EgoPo’s intensely intimate version of this famed avant-garde classic, solo audience members witness a haunting and hypnotic ten-minute journey of birth, death, and isolation.

$25 Single Ticket
one 10-minute experience with your preferred actor and neighborhood. 

$60 Rockaby Passport

see one experience in EACH of the three neighborhoods.
 

Cast & Neighborhood Schedule

 

To purchase a single ticket, click on the performance slot of your choice underneath your preferred actor/neighborhood pairing.


Within 48 hours of your purchase, you will receive your exact start time for the 10-minute event
and the street corner location to meet your guide.

To purchase a Rockaby Passport, click HERE to select your three performance dates/times.

Cathy Simpson*
Point Breeze

Directed by: Damien J. Wallace

Artist Sponsors:
Dr. RJ Wallner & Rebecca Abgott

Karen Vicks*
East Oak Lane

Directed by: Damien J. Wallace

Artist Sponsor:

Dr. Stephanie Creary

Melanie Julian*
Passyunk Crossing

Directed by: Lane Savadove

Artist Sponsor:

Charlotte Cushman Foundation

*Actors appearing by permission of Actors' Equity Association
Note: Ticketing fees apply to all orders

Production Team

Stage Manager.........................Jamel Baker

Stage Manager...........Elizabeth Meisenzahl

Site Manager.........................Glynnis Nadel
Site Manager.........................Matthew Ortiz
Production Designer................Dane Eissler
Sound Designer.....................Chris Sannino
Associate Stage Manager....Abby Weissman

Associate Site Manager........Jordan Chester

 

Rockaby is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

All Actors appear courtesy of Actor's Equity Association

About the author of Rockaby

Samuel Beckett (b. 1906, d. 1989) was an Irish novelist, playwright, short story writer, theatre director, poet, and literary translator and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969.

 

Beckett's work offers a bleak, tragicomic outlook on human existence, often coupled with black comedy and gallows humor, and became increasingly minimalist in his later career. He is considered one of the last modernist writers, and one of the key figures in what Martin Esslin called the "Theatre of the Absurd." His most well known work is his 1953 play Waiting for Godot.

More information on Beckett can be found on Britannica.com

"Beckett in 1977" by Roger Pic

This work has been released into the public domain by its author, Roger Pic. This applies worldwide.

FAQ + COVID Safety Information

Rockaby is a 10-minute, live performance event, to be experienced solo at a walk-up window, and has been given permission by both the Samuel Beckett Estate and Actor's Equity Association. 

 

We ask our audience to understand if changes are needed in order to prioritize the safety and security of our artists and audience in any given moment of the pandemic.

Please read the following information carefully:

EVENT ARRIVAL

  • You will receive an email within 48 hours of your purchase of your selected date window with a check-in time and your 10-minute slot assignment

  • We will do our best to accommodate back to back scheduling for pairs. Couples may certainly arrive together, but only ONE may view the event at a time.  

  • You will be given a street corner destination where you will meet a masked Site Manager for contactless check-in upon arrival.  We require 6 ft. of distance between audience and On-Site Managers at all times.

  • The Site Manager will guide you to the event window, where you will be given disposable, single-use headphones and seated in a sanitized chair

 

  • All audience members must be MASKED AT ALL TIMES.  Sanitizer will be on-site.  The seating area is thoroughly cleaned between performances.

 

  • There will NOT be public bathrooms provided for this event.  Please plan accordingly.

  • We have adopted a flexible cancellation policy for the remainder of the season in order to prioritize health and safety.  If you are unable to make your scheduled time or anticipate lateness for any reason, please call 267-273-1414 immediately.  If you feeling unwell or are experiencing a fever of 100.4 or greater, please call us to cancel your reservation.

  • Tickets may be transferable to other guests with advanced notice ONLY.  Please call 267-273-1414 to inquire. On-site ticket transfers will NOT be permitted.

For more information and FAQ's, please visit our Covid Safety page.

OTHER INFORMATION

  • Our On-Site Managers must maintain distance from audience.  If you anticipate needing physical assistance to be seated, please call 267-273-1414. Note: Both Point Breeze and East Oak Lane will require use of stairs. If you require wheelchair access, please choose Passyunk Crossing as your location.

  • If it rains, there will be a canopy for each event seating area. Please bring umbrellas for while you wait.

  • We will alert audience members of any cancellations due to snow and will offer a reschedule date to all those impacted. ​​

 

  • Street parking will be available at each location, but we recommend leaving ample time to find a spot and arrive on time for the 10-minute performance.  If you plan to use public transportation or a driving service and have any questions, please contact us at 267-273-1414. 

 

© 2021 by EgoPo Classic Theater. 

 

Office Location: 317 Dickinson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147.

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