Beckett's "Endgame" wraps up St. Scholastica Theatre's season

Luc Schlosser as Nagg and Cassidy Jayne as Nell

Luc Schlosser as Nagg and Cassidy Jayne as Nell

“Endgame” by Samuel Beckett is the final production in The College of St. Scholastica’s 2013-2014 theatrical season. The production opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, in the St. Scholastica Theatre, directly behind Tower Hall on campus. Merry Renn Vaughan directs the show.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and students with I.D. Tickets can be purchased online through the Spotlight Box Office at spotlight.css.edu or call (218) 723-700. Spotlight@css.edu is St. Scholastica’s one-stop shop for arts and lectures information and tickets.

Performances of “Endgame” will also be staged at 7:30 p.m. April 5, 10, 11, and 12, and at 2 p.m. April 6 and 13.

"Endgame" is a one-act, continuous-action production that runs approximately 90 minutes. There are four characters: one is blind and cannot stand, one does not have the ability to sit, and the other two are forced to live out their lives in trashcans after losing their lower legs in an accident.

“Samuel Beckett is the poster child for Theatre of the Absurd and 'Endgame' is one of his most famous plays,” Vaughan said. “He was so impacted by World War II that he believed that no matter what we did or how we lived humans would continue to treat each other in horrible ways. The atrocity of the human condition was something he believed would never change… He truly believed nothing mattered. His characters are therefore put into absurd situations and have neither the will nor the ability to get themselves out of those situations. It is through these situations that the humor presents itself.”

The College of St. Scholastica is regularly recognized as one of the finest colleges in the Midwest. The 2014 “America’s Best Colleges” survey by U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks St. Scholastica in the top tier of Midwestern universities.