Lisa Dwan, internationally acclaimed Irish actress, will give a talk entitled “Performing Beckett” on Friday, September 16 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street. Part of the 2016-17 Fund for Irish Studies series at Princeton University, the event is free and open to the public.
In “Performing Beckett,” Dwan will discuss her recent performances of Samuel Beckett’s plays, which have met critical acclaim and have sold out at venues from London’s Royal Court Theatre to New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music. Dwan’s one-woman show has featured three of Beckett’s works: Rockaby, Footfalls, and Not I. She has been performing Beckett since 2005 and was coached by Beckett’s muse, Billie Whitelaw, who collaborated with the author for 25 years and for whom he wrote some of his most experimental plays.
Lisa Dwan has worked extensively in theatre, film, and television both internationally and in her native Ireland. Her film credits include Oliver Twist, Tailor of Panama, and Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain. In 2012, she adapted, produced, and performed the critically acclaimed one-woman play Beside the Sea at the Southbank Centre and on tour, and starred in Goran Bregović’s Margot, Diary of an Unhappy Queen at the Barbican. She recently performed in Ramin Gray’s production of Illusions by Ivan Viripaev at the Bush Theatre. Originally from Coosan, Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland, she currently lives in London.