Genre: Solo Performance
Written by Michael Laurence, directed by George Demas

Krapp, 39 is a voyeuristic prefiguring of Samuel Beckett’s “Krapp’s Last Tape,” and a deeply personal window on one man’s last moment of youth. Reeling on his 39th birthday, an actor’s obsessive identification with Beckett’s famous character compels him to examine his own quixotic life and failures. His hilarious and heart breaking self-scrutiny plays out through intimate audio tapes, archival video, raw journal entries, haunted letters, racy confessions, and recorded conversations with the living and the lost.

“Mr. Laurence gives a superb performance in a beautifully shaped, beautifully revealed work... Tremendously poignant...” --The New York Times

“Krapp, 39 is no mere Beckett riff— it’s a thoughtful response, a valuable contribution...
a thing of startling, wounding beauty.” --The Village Voice

“[Krapp, 39] is a moving and wise 70-minute retrospective of a man's soul: an homage to the self that somehow doesn't feel selfish.” --Time Out New York

Originally produced by Cliplight Theater, this production of Krapp, 39 follows an award winning run at The 2008 New York International Fringe Festival and a celebrated extension in the Fringe Encore Series. Krapp, 39 is written and performed by Michael Laurence. Michael was recently seen on Broadway as Stu Noonan in Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio. Some other notable credits: Michael Hollinger’s Opus at Primary Stages, NYC, the 2008 Off-Broadway revival of Lee Blessing's Two Rooms, Starbuck in The Rainmaker at Arena Stage, Tooth of Crime and Book of Days at The Signature Theater, NYC, and Eric Bogosian’s Humpty Dumpty at The McCarter Theater.

George Demas is the founding Artistic Director of The Cliplight Theater ( He has directed numerous plays and one-person shows in New York, Los Angeles and internationally since 1994. His most recent project was Marc Palmieri’s critically acclaimed Levittown at Axis Theater in NYC. He will be directing The Funeral Play by Amanda Quaid at The Flea in June 2009.

Preview:   01/13/09
Open:   01/21/09
Close:   03/07/09

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