By Samuel Beckett
Directed by Damien J. Wallace
Sponsored by the Judith Charles Memorial Fund
March 10th-21st, 2021- On Sale January 2021
Alone, you arrive at a South Philly street corner and are guided down an alley into an empty neighborhood backyard. There, a single chair awaits, facing a window shrouded by venetian blinds. You take your seat, don 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 seven-minute journey of birth, death, and isolation.
Format: Walk-up window, One Audience Member at a time
Location: An Anonymous South Philadelphia Backyard
$30 per ticket
Production Designer.............Dane Eissler
Sound Designer.....................Chris Sannino
Rockaby is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com
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.
COVID Safety Information
All plans for LIVE performance remain contingent on the safety and security of our artists and audience.
We have programmed the season with virtual flexibility to remain adaptable to the changing environment.
For Our Audiences
Rockaby is currently programmed as a live performance event, to be experienced solo at a walk-up window. Please read the following information carefully:
You will receive an email 24 hours prior to your selected date window with a 10-minute slot assignment.
You will be given a street corner location, where a masked guide will meet you for socially-distant, contactless check-in.
He/she/they will guide you through an alley to the backyard window for your performance.
You will sit in a sanitized chair and be given disposable, single-use headphones.
Upon completion, you will be escorted out by a masked guide - no contact necessary.
The chair will be sanitized for the next guest and your headphones disposed.
You MUST where a mask at ALL TIMES. Sanitizer will be on-site, but you are encouraged to bring your own.
There will be NO BATHROOMS provided for the 10-minute event. Please prepare or visit a local coffee shop.
There will be a wheelchair ramp built for access to the garden window.
For Our Artists
Our current production plan for Rockaby includes the following protocols and guidelines:
Our actors and artists will be rehearsing and performing in isolation.
We will implement minimum testing and screening standards administered for all actors, stage manager, and team members as required by union guidelines, paid for by EgoPo.
Masks, gloves, and sanitizer will be on-site and provided to all members of the artistic team, including performers.
Deep cleaning and sanitizing of all performance areas, props, costumes, scenic elements, and bathrooms will take place, no less than once daily.
For more information and FAQ's, please visit our Covid Safety page.