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Krapp's Last Tape

Monday, February 28, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
MCLA Church Street Center

Krapp's Last Tape is the outrageous title of an outrageous play by Samuel Beckett, presented here by T. Ryder Smith. A feeble, nearly blind and deaf, solitary and half-drunk man, crouching in a squalid room, subsisting on bananas and playing to himself (commenting the while) old tape recordings of his own voice-recordings, moreover, that consist in no small part of comments on still earlier tapes.


T. Ryder Smith has appeared on Broadway in Equus, and Off-Broadway in world premiere productions of plays by Richard Foreman, David Greenspan, Sarah Ruhl, Glen Berger, Anne Washburn, Romulus Linney, and Will Eno, and in productions with Target Margin, The Foundry, and the Classical Theatre of Harlem. Recent NYC work includes LiE (Living in Exile), in the Under the Radar Festival, Sarah Ruhl's Passion Play, with the Epic Ensemble, and The Moth & The Flame, with Target Margin Laboratory.

He was nominated for a Drama Desk award as Outstanding Solo Performer for Glen Berger's Underneath the Lintel, and shared a Drama Desk award for Outstanding Ensemble Cast for the 3-actor, 40-character Lebensraum. 

Regional theatre includes work at the Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, the Goodman Theatre, the Wilma, A.R.T., the LA Theatre Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville and the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, in world premieres by Doug Wright, Charles Mee, Jeffrey Hatcher, Tanya Barfield, and Steven Drukman. He won a Craig Noel award for Outstanding Lead Performance in John Strand's Lincolnesque, at the Old Globe.

TV and film work includes appearances on Law & Order SVU, Conviction and Nurse Jackie, and appearances in the films Becoming Helen Keller, Happy Tears, the experimental voice-opera Horrible Child, and the cult film Brainscan.

Vocal work includes narration for the Criterion Collection DVDs, numerous audiobooks, the videogames Bioshock, Manhunt, and Grand Theft Auto, and the animated series The Venture Brothers. T. performs regionally with Theater of War, and is currently in rehearsal for the play War Horse at Lincoln Center. 

Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.


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