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click to enlarge Julie Proudfoot & Diane Dorsey

Julie Proudfoot & Diane Dorsey

Kat Tushim

Chewing on Beckett 

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 12 2016
Price: $25
artemisiatheatre.org
Inspired by the fact that Samuel Beckett's estate forbids women from performing in Waiting for Godot, this world premiere, penned by Ed Proudfoot and directed by Steve Scott, is meaty material for Artemisia, with its stated mission to produce plays that empower women. Beckett's material is chewed on, both figuratively and literally, in a two-act, dialogue-driven story of a Beckett scholar in mental decline (an electric Diane Dorsey) and her former student (Julie Proudfoot, Artemisia's founder and Ed's wife), as they struggle to survive in a not-too-distant apocalyptic future. Strong, tragicomic acting from the all-female cast of five helps tease out raw, gut-wrenching moments from extremely dense source material. The production isn't for the literary faint of heart. Think of it as your most aspirational college lecture with a side of graphic, dystopian despair. —Marissa Oberlander

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