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First Love

Gare St. Lazare Players

Co-presented with MCLA's English and Fine and Performing Arts departments

Watch the workshop with MCLA students: video 1 - video 2

Wednesday, November 17, 2010; 7:30PM
MCLA Church Street Center 

Gare St Lazare Players Ireland (GSLPI) came out of the original Gare St Lazare Players, an international company based simultaneously in Ireland and France with workshop/rehearsal facilities outside Paris.

The original group was founded in Chicago by Bob Meyer in 1983 and moved to France in 1988. Judy Hegarty Lovett and Conor Lovett have been running the Irish operation since 1995.

Over 10 years GSLPI have performed recitals of prose texts by Samuel Beckett in a variety of venues and festivals around the world.

This has culminated in our current touring project Access All Beckett, a suite of prose recitals which premiered at Cork 2005 European Capital of Culture. Our work has become synonmous with the name of Samuel Beckett and we continue to explore his work, most recently in the form of his seven radio plays which we just recorded for RTE Radio 1 in Dublin.

Conor Lovett, the interpreter of First Love, trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. His work with Gare St Lazare Players Ireland on Samuel Beckett has gained him a reputation as one of the foremost Beckett interpreters. In all he has performed 17 Beckett roles in 23 different Beckett productions internationally. He has appeared all over Ireland & the UK and in China, France, Germany, Holland, Israel, USA and Spain.

Conor has worked in devised theatre with The Clod Ensemble and Lee Andrea Companies in London, in improvised comedy with Dave Murray and Performance Art collaborations with Paul Craig in Dublin and he has given Masterclasses in solo performance in France, Germany and Ireland.

Theatre roles include Ferdinand in The Duchess of Malfi, Joey in The Homecoming, Army in Requiem for a Heavyweight, Les in Bouncers, The Torturer in The Possibilities, Gus in The Dumb Waiter, Orpheus in Orpheus, Nosey in The Three Legged Fool and The Old Man in his Coffin in The Bull.
He co-produced and starred in Shut Eye, a short film written and directed by Jon Tompkins. Other screen appearances include Father Ted (TV), Intermission, Moll Flanders, L'Entente Cordiale, The Kings of Cork City (Short), In Like Flynn and Fallout.

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To buy tickets, call 413.662.5204.
To become a member and support this great work, call Amey Spiewak: 413.662.5229 /

General Admission: $12
MCLA Alumni: $8
MCLA faculty and staff: $5
Members and MCLA students: FREE


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