Beckett in the City: The Women Speak

"Not I," "Footfalls," "Come and Go" and "Rockaby" by Samuel Beckett


$34 general / $28 members 85 minutes

Sep 20, 2017 – Oct 1, 2017


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This is a site-specific piece of theatre. Audiences meet at Irish Arts Center and take a short walk to the final venue.


This event is sold out, but some tickets may be released closer to the event date. To be notified if seats become available, please email

Conceived and presented by Company SJ
Directed by Sarah Jane Scaife
Produced by Kathryn Lennon
Performed by Bríd Ní Neachtain, Michèle Forbes, and Joan Davis

Wed - Fri | 8pm
Saturday | 2pm + 8pm

Mon, Sep 25 | 7:30pm
Sunday, Oct 1 | 3pm + 7:30pm

Experience the women who inhabit some of Beckett’s best-known short works, women whose connection between body and soul has ruptured. In this site-specific performance, Director Sarah Jane Scaife places Beckett’s characters from the page into the urban landscape, using the aesthetic tools of the body, sound, site, movement, architecture, and projection to put flesh on the scars the playwright reveals within our society.

Beckett in the City is a body of work that celebrates and reveals Beckett’s writings as existing all around us. This beautiful production premiered at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2015.

This is a site-specific promenade performance with the audience moving through the space, sometimes standing, sometimes sitting. If you require assistance, please let us know as much in advance as possible and we will do our best to accommodate you.


Sarah Jane Scaife and Kathryn Lennon on Site-Specific Theatre
Friday, September 22 & 29 after 8pm performance
September 22: Moderated by Zach Morris, co-artistic director of Third Rail Projects
September 29: Moderated by Anne Hamburger, founder and executive producer of En Garde Arts

Sarah Jane Scaife on Beckett’s Historic Social Context
Saturday, September 23 after 2pm performance

Bríd Ní Neachtain, Michèle Forbes, and Joan Davis on Beckett's Female Roles
Thursday, September 28 after 8pm performance
Moderated by Jonathan Kalb, professor of theater at Hunter College, CUNY, and resident dramaturg at Theatre for a New Audience

"Under Sarah Jane Scaife’s careful direction, fine performances allow for elucidating echoes"
—Peter Crawley, The Irish Times

"★★★★★ Beckett re-imagined through a prism of female experience…genuinely ephemeral" —Sunday Business Post

"[A]chingly articulates the ramshackle body of the female in nationalist Ireland" Broadway World

"★★★★ The Women Speak movingly reminds us of the humanising power of Beckett’s work" —Exeunt magazine

"It is as though everyonethe stage hands, actors, even the audienceis being directed in a perfect piece of symbiosis" —Sunday Times

"One of the best pieces of Beckett I have ever seen" RTÉ Arena 

"Breathtaking talent and compass" —Sunday Independent

Continuing the Experience:
Visit our "Related" section below to view all of this season’s Beckett-inspired programming and classes.

Beckett in the City: The Women Speak follows on conceptually from Company SJ’s first collaboration with Raymond Keane and Bryan Burroughs on the presentation of Act Without Words II on the streets of Dublin for the Absolut Fringe Festival.

"Not I," "Footfalls," "Come and Go" and "Rockaby" by Samuel Beckett presented through special arrangement with Georges Borchardt, Inc., on behalf of the Estate of Samuel Beckett. All rights reserved.

Irish Arts Center programming is supported by Culture Ireland – Promoting Irish Arts Worldwide.

Beckett in the City is presented in association with Georganne Aldrich Heller.

Irish Arts Center theatre programming is supported by the Nancy Malone Living Trust.





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Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; The Shubert Foundation, Inc.; M&T Bank; The Ireland Funds; Northern Ireland Bureau; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; Tourism Ireland; CIE Tours; Delta; and thousands of generous donors like you.

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