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Samuel Beckett’s writing was a response not only to the world around him, but to those that influenced him, from James Joyce to Charlie Chaplin. Now it’s your turn to respond to Beckett.

 

Enter our Creative Response Contest!  Here’s how:

  • See the Arden’s production of Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, on stage from January 17-March 10, 2013
  • Create your response to the play. It can be a video, a song, a play, an essay, a poem – use your imagination! Email your entry to endgame@ardentheatre.org by Monday, February 25. Videos should be sent as a link on YouTube or video. Written entries should be sent as an attachment (Word or PDF). 
  • The Arden will select 10 Finalists to post on the Arden Blog, and linked to Facebook. From February 27-March 4, entries will collect votes on Facebook. Three winners will be named on March 4 and notified via email.
  • 1 Grand Prize – $300 and an invitation for two to opening night of A Raisin in the Sun at the Arden
  • 2 runners-up – $100  and two tickets to A Raisin in the Sun at the Arden
  • All 10 Finalists – Two tickets to A Raisin in the Sun at the Arden 

Cash prizes are generously contributed by New City Writing in the English Department of Temple University.
The Arden reserves the right to post, share, and publicize all entries with proper credit to the creator.

 

4 Responses to “Endgame Contest – Submit your Creative Response”

  1. susan r croll says:

    I missed the first 15-20 minutes and I don’t know if this influenced my opinion of ENDGAME.

    I didn’t care for the show. Nothing about it resonated – It appeared that the setting was from some terrible attack on the world and these characters were what was left…………………The “Blind” man pessimistic, The man who couldn’t sit, represented, to me, stuck in his circumstances but hope in a new start at the end. Couldn’t make heads or tails out of parents in Garbage cans.

    Beckett doesn’t explain what the play is about and leaves it to the objectivity of the individual, which I found disconcerting.

    I enjoyed the discussion. hearing different POV’s.

  2. pearlee eurton says:

    I agree with the above opinion. My only regret was that there was not intgermission so I could leave.

  3. Quiomarie Munoz says:

    I totally disagree with the first and second opinion. I thought the show was interesting, it was a weird play. But weird is different, and different is good. This play made me think, and no other play have ever made me think before.

    This play is basically about two guys name Hamm and Clov who have been stuck with each other for a long time and just questioning things about life.

    Hamm is the protagonist of the play, though his unlikable demeanor at times makes him the antagonist to his servant, Clov. Blind, immobilized by old age in his wheeled chair. Hamm believes no one suffers more than he does. To him, there is no cure for being on earth, especially not in the lonely hole where he also rules over his father, Nagg, and mother, Nell.

    Clov is the other protagonist of the play, the servant to Hamm. Clov threatens Hamm on how he is planning to leave him but finds that he never leaves. Clov does different task for Hamm such as wheels his chair around and make believe his dog is a real dog, Which i thought was really funny =) and reporting on the landscape outside the windows.

    Both Hamm and Clov wants the end to come already. There is no reason for life to continue.

    There are two other characters Name Nagg and Nell. These two have a much better relationship than Hamm and Clov.

    Nagg is Nell’s husband and Hamm’s father. Who is Contained in an ashbin next to his similarly trapped wife, he emerges now and then to cry for food or to try unsuccessfully to kiss Nell and tell her the same story he always tells. At times he is childlike, Which adds humor to the play.

    Nell is Nagg’s husband and Hamm’s mother. She seems most resigned to their lives of routine. Though her part is minimal, she seems to be the one reason Nagg keeps living and stands as the sole example of healthy love in the play.

    The End Game is like the final stage of a chess game….after all the pieces have been removed, you no longer have anything to look forward to….it’s the END…

    Overall the Play End Game by Beckett was interesting and unique. I really enjoyed these two characters relationship, it was funny and serious at the same time.

    I just want to say good job to everyone who help put this play together. It was different and i enjoyed it. i really love the stage set..it was soooo cool ..I truly LOVED IT !!

    Thank you for inviting our school to see the play i appreciate it thanks =)

  4. Tom Busillo says:

    If you hated Endgame, in the odd event my play is chosen as one of the finalists in this contest, you will definitely LOATHE my play, as at least Beckett had the good taste to not have a character [relieve his bowels] in a bucket and then smear his [creations] in a circle on a sheet hung at the top of an abandoned lighthouse as part of an mysterious and/or meaningless signalling system.

    In fact, merely the fact that such a play actually exists should make you appreciate Beckett even more!!!

    I loved the production. I’ve been a subscriber for 12 years and this will go down as one of my all-time Arden favorites. Kudos to them for taking it on and doing it so well.

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