Other Plays by Martin Crimp
Crimp, Martin (British playwright, librettist, 1956-____), “The Chairs,”
a 75-minute drama in English adapted from Eugene Ionesco’s French original, set in a house on an island, 1997,
© 1997 by Martin Crimp;
• in Martin Crimp’s The Chairs (London: Faber Music Ltd, 1997);
• script/rights available from Martin Crimp’s literary agent Judy Daish Associates Ltd, 2 St Charles Place, London W10 6EG, England, telephone 020 8964 8811, fax 020 8964 8966, e-mail email@example.com.
The Old Man (m), __, husband; The Orator (m), __, _____; The Old Woman (f), __, wife; _____ (f), __, _____.
“In a house on an island a very old couple pass their time with private games and half-remembered stories.”—Martin Crimp - complete guide to the Playwright and Plays, http://www.doollee.com/PlaywrightsC/crimp-martin.html, accessed July 29, 2007.
• Premiered by Theatre de Complicite, Royal Court Theatre, London, England, 1997, http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/.
• “Martin Crimp’s work is known for its theatrically experimental form, emotionally dry dialogue, and rather bleak view of modern society. His professional career began in the 1980s with the staging of his first play, Living Remains, at one of London’s fringe venues, the Orange Tree Theater. He later took positions as Writer-in-Residence at New Dramatists in New York, and the Royal Court Theatre, becoming a central figure in Britain’s new writing scene after performances of his play No One Sees the Video in 1990. In New York, Crimp’s work includes the Public Theater production of his black comedy portrait of New York City, The Treatment, and his translation of Ionesco’s The Chairs, which ran on Broadway and won a 1998 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. Crimp is perhaps best known for his play Attempts on Her Life, produced at the Royal Court Theatre in 1997 and subsequently translated into twenty languages.”—Festival_IntoLittleHill_Press_62007.pdf, http://www.lincolncenter.org/press_release/Festival_IntoLittleHill_Press_62007.pdf, accessed July 28, 2007.
• Also, research could include the Caedmon stereophonic recording TRS 3235 (produced by The Theatre Recording Society) of Donald Watson’s translation into English of Eugene Ionesco’s French original The Chairs, starring Siobhan McKenna and Cyril Cusad, directed by Howard Sackler. The accompanying booklet contains Leonard C. Pronko’s “The Chairs: A View by the Critic.”
• Also, research could include the Donald M. Allen English translation of Ionesco's French original; see http://www.heniford.net/4321/index.php?n=Citations-C.Chairs-The-Ionesco-Allen-2m1f.
• Also, research could include the Donald Watson (translator from French into English, ____-____) translation from Ionesco's French original, set in a circular, large, very sparsely furnished room, just after sunset, April, 1952.
• Photograph of Martin Crimp from National Theatre : History of the NT : History of the National, http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/?lid=7083, accessed July 28, 2007.
adaptation, memory, pastime.