Pass by “Passing By” – at Madison Square Park

Beginning Sunday (October 21st), a few minute walk from The Vanguard, be sure to take in this unique experience: See a film legend interpret a legendary playwright’s work – within a beautiful art instillation!

Academy Award Winner Dianne Wiest performs pieces from Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days, in “a sculptural costume designed by artist Arlene Shechet” at Madison Square Park.

The play focuses on a woman, buried to her waist, talking to her husband (who is unseen). 

This version (“Passing by Samuel Beckett with Dianne Wiest”), which takes place within Shechet’s installation, Full Steam Ahead, has an additional draw: It’s a show you can take in fully – or in parts!

The “performance will allow passersby to come and go as it unfolds, to return for repeats over the course of the week, and to experience fragments as they move through the installation.”

Diane Wiest in a sand sculpture in "Passing by Samuel Beckett with Dianne Wiest" at Madison Square Park

Dianne Wiest in HAPPY DAYS by Samuel Beckett, directed by James Bundy. Photo by Joan Marcus, 2016. (Photo Credit: Dianne Wiest. Photograph by Joan Marcus. Courtesy of Yale Repertory Theatre and the artist.)

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