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'Endgame' explores an 'ain't dere no more' future

September 16, 2014

The Loyola University New Orleans Department of Theatre Arts and Dance kicks off the 2014-15 season with Samuel Beckett’s tragic comedy “Endgame,” which runs in Lower Depths Theater Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 2-4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets for “Endgame,” as well as all other theatre productions during the season, unless otherwise noted, are available for $12 for general admission, $8 for students, children and seniors, and can be purchased online or by calling 504-865-2074. Season tickets and group rates are available.

Directed by Laura Hope, who helmed Loyola’s 2011 production of Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” “Endgame” features senior Logan Faust as Hamm; junior Samuel Ravelo Jr. as Clov; freshman Travis Daigle as Nagg; and sophomore Kelsey Reine as Nell. Hope says many people feel that “Endgame” is a sort of sequel to “Waiting for Godot” because Beckett himself described Hamm and Clov as being a continuation of the character relationships in “Waiting for Godot.”

Like no other dramatist before him, Beckett’s works capture the pathos and ironies of modern life yet still maintains his faith in man’s capacity for compassion and survival. In “Endgame,” truth is found in an absurdist 21st century world, a portrayal of the ecological havoc humans wreaked on the planet.

“I certainly see it that way. We used ‘Waiting for Godot’ to deal with the aftermath of the BP Spill in 2010. I was interested to use ‘Endgame’ to explore a vision of the possible future if we do not reverse coastal erosion and global warming, the future if we continue to act as if climate change deniers have a point and blindly continue living exactly the way we do now, doggedly pursuing routines that include habits that destroy our planet,” Hope said.

“So we are imagining ‘Endgame’ as being set in the future, not as distant as we'd like to think, when the ocean levels have risen and, due to global warming, catastrophic weather events happen more frequently, perhaps more quickly than we can recover from them. Basically, a future when a lot of what we think of as life on the Gulf Coast is under water and ‘ain't dere no more.’”

This event is part of Loyola's Montage Fine and Performing Arts series, which hosts more than 250 public events throughout the academic year. Additional productions in the 2014-15 Montage theatre and dance season include:

  • The World Goes 'Round – The Songs of Kander & Ebb
    Nov. 7-8, 13-15 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 9 at 2 p.m.
    Marquette Theater
  • Fall One-Act Festival
    Nov. 19-20, 7 p.m.
    Lower Depths Theater, free admission
  • Loyola Ballet Fall Concert – Classical, Character, Contemporary
    Nov. 21-22 at 8 p.m.
    Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall
  • Alice in Wonderland by Ernest Ferlita, S.J.
    Feb. 5-6 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 7 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.
    Lower Depths Theater
  • Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley
    March 13-14, 19-21 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m.
    Marquette Theater
  • Spring One-Act Festival
    April 11, 15-16 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m.
    Lower Depths Theater, free admission
  • Loyola Ballet Spring Performance
    April 24-25 at 8 p.m.
    Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall

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