Most love stories follow a familiar narrative. Boy meets girl, boy loves girl, then boys wins or loses girl. Samuel Beckett however, was known for turning common situations on their head.
In First Love, Beckett writes a tale about a homeless man in love with a prostitute, and MDC Live! Performing Arts Series will kickstart its 21st season with a performance of the short story by Conor Lovett of the Gare St. Lazare Players, a well-known Irish theater company.
"[First Love] is the seventh of nine Beckett prose pieces that we have put on stage," Lovett says. "Over the last 13 years, we have made an exploration, perhaps an excavation, of Beckett's non-theatre writings."
Beckett was known for his tragicomedies, and First Love is no exception. In it, the protagonist believes that his love is a huge distraction from his efforts to isolate himself from all other human contact.
Adaptations of Beckett's work for the stage are often compelling and funny, and Lovett's performances, in particular, are celebrated around the world. He is known as one of the foremost living interpreters of Beckett's work.
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"Our company has toured Beckett's work to over 75 cities outside of Ireland in 30 countries worldwide," Lovett says. "Beckett is one of the great writers of the 20th century and his play Waiting for Godot had a huge influence on theatre. In fact, the US premiere of Godot took place in Miami where the show tried out before going to Broadway."
Miami is actually one of only ten US cities chosen by the Gare St. Lazare Players Ireland for this performance. The show is part of Imagine Ireland: A Year of Irish Arts in America, an initiative dedicated to the promotion of Irish arts worldwide by Culture Ireland.
Conor Lovett performing First Love. Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 at 8 p.m. MDC Wolfson Campus Auditorium (300 NE Second Ave, Miami). Tickets cost $30 for the general public, $20 for non-MDC students and seniors, and $10 for MDC students, faculty, and staff. Visit mdc.edu/mdclive.