Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape, directed by Marc S. Miller, leads the double bill entitled Reel to Reel. Actor Steven Barkhimer performs this play for one actor and a tape recorder. On his 69th birthday, Krapp consumes bananas, listens to "the stupid bastard I took myself for thirty years ago," and reflects on happiness, a woman, and writing.
To accompany Beckett’s one-act play, FPTC engaged in a nation-wide search for a new woman-centric play as a counterpoint. Skylar Fox, artistic director of Boston-based Circuit Theatre Company, responded to the call, crafting a play about human memory, digital memory, memorable regrets, and according to Fox, "how we try to fit pieces of our hearts into things that will live after we die." His play The Archives, explores an encounter with Krapp's tapes many years after. It will be directed by Tasia A. Jones and performed by Sally Nutt, Allison Smith, and Karin Trachtenberg.
Artistic background information on "Reel To Reel" participants:
Steven Barkhimer (Krapp, Krapp’s Last Tape). Barkhimer's recent appearances include The Cherry Orchard and Middletown (Actors Shakespeare Project), Distracted (Underground Railway Theatre), Absurd Person Singular (The Nora Theatre), Lumberjacks in Love (Stoneham Theatre), for which he also provided musical direction, Superior Donuts (Lyric Stage), and The Norman Conquests (Gloucester Stage). His play Windowmen was produced last fall at the Boston Playwrights Theatre. He is a director (Actors Shakespeare Project, Publick Theatre, Orfeo Group and others), musician, and author of a collection of original songs, Time Was.
Samuel Beckett (playwright, Krapp’s Last Tape). Samuel Beckett is among the most influential writers of the past century. An avant-garde novelist, playwright, and poet, he was born in Ireland and lived in Paris for most of his adult life. Beckett received the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his writing, which—in new forms for the novel and drama—in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation." His plays include Waiting for Godot (1952), Endgame (1957), Krapp's Last Tape (1958), and Happy Days (1961), as well as many shorter works for theater, radio, and television.
Skylar Fox (playwright, The Archives). Skylar Fox is a director, playwright, and actor based in both Boston and Providence. Recent writing credits include A Brief Informational Session on What Used to Be Central Park (Everyday Inferno), and The Last of the Living Jeffersons (Writing is Live Festival). He is the founding artistic director of The Circuit Theatre Company in Boston, where he has directed five productions over the course of the last three seasons. Most recently, he directed the six-hour epic The Valentine Trilogy and the Boston premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s trilogy, Passion Play, for which he was nominated for an IRNE Award. Other directing credits include Providence premieres of The Aliens and The Hotel Nepenthe, as well as Enron, Sunday in the Park with George, and the world-premiere production of Minuet: a lullaby. Fox is currently a student at Brown University.
Tasia A. Jones (director, The Archives). Tasia A. Jones is an actor, director, writer, theater educator, and co-artistic director of Fort Point Theatre Channel. She holds a BFA in theatre arts from Boston University. Recent directing credits include Harbor Lights (FPTC), Fair Game (New Urban Theatre Lab), Jess & Dj: A Baby Mama Dramedy (Bostonia Bohemia/Interim Writers), Oleanna (Can’t Wait Productions)
Marc S. Miller (director, Krapp’s Last Tape). Miller is co-artistic director, producer, and cofounder of FPTC. He has directed for a number of Boston-area theatres and was a member of the Actors’ Coop of North Carolina. He has directed FPTC’s productions of 4:48 Psychosis, The Time of Your Life, and Hotel Cassiopeia and Silvia Graziano’s Indiscreet Discretion. A writer and editor in his day work before retiring to devote full time to FPTC, he has written or been project director for a dozen books, including several that won major awards. Miller has written on theatre, economic opportunity, health care, human rights, history, and technology policy. He is a long-time board member and past president of Resist Foundation, www.resistinc.org
Sally Nutt (Librarian, The Archives). Sally Nutt has worked with FPTC in The Land, The Good Person of Setzuan, and Carny Knowledge, and is now an FPTC co-artistic director. She performs with many theatre companies in Boston and around New England. She is an actor-in-residence with Playwrights’
Allison Smith (Anna, The Archives). Most recently, Allison Smith was seen making her Off-Broadway debut in With Love as part of The Strawberry One-Act Festival. Allison holds a BA in Theater from The University of Maine where her credits include Buried Child (Shelly), How I Learned to Drive (Lil’ Bit), and Avenue Q (Kate Monster), among others.
Karin Trachtenberg (Mother, The Archives). Karin Trachtenberg has been involved in the arts as an actor, director and producer for over 30 years. She has a Master's Degree in Expressive Therapy from Lesley University and attended Drama School in London where she appeared at the Young Vic. Her most recent stage appearance was in Michael Weller’s two person drama What The Night Is For at The Arsenal Center for the Arts. Trachtenberg has also starred in several short films that have done well on the film festival circuit.
Further Background on FPTC:
Fort Point Theatre Channel is dedicated to creating and sustaining new configurations of the performing arts. FPTC brings together an ensemble of artists from the worlds of theater, music, visual arts, and everything in between as a forum for collaborative expression while enriching the Fort Point community, Boston, and beyond. FPTC serves as an anchor for the Fort Point arts community, but also enjoys presenting their material in various venues throughout the city. http://www.fortpointtc.org