Columbia University Arts Uptown is partnering with the 78th Street Theatre Lab to present "Beckett Bits," short works by Samuel Beckett, on Tuesday, December 10, at 7:00 p.m. On Wednesday, December 11, Arts Uptown and Epiphany Theater Company will present "Obscene Jesters," a tale of three stand-up comics, at 8:00 p.m. Both performances will be in held in Alfred Lerner Hall's Black Box Theatre.
"Beckett Bits" is performed by Alan Nebelthau and runs for approximately one hour. His regional credits include work at Baltimore Center Stage, the Guthrie, Shakespeare at the Folger, Cincinnati Playhouse and Indiana Rep. He has appeared on Broadway in "Salome" at Circle in the Square and in Off and Off-Off-Broadway productions. Nebelthau also appeared as Krapp in Samuel Beckett's "Krapp's Last Tape" at Lincoln Center Institute and later expanded the evening into "Krapp's Last Tape and Other Short Pieces by Samuel Beckett" at the 78th Street Theatre Lab under the direction of Tom Bullard.
In addition to "Beckett Bits," the 78th Street Theatre Lab has produced such hits as "Last Train to Nibroc," "Man in the Flying Lawn Chair," Mac Wellman's "Dracula," "The Lesser Magoo" and last winter's salute to Dawn Powell, "The Permanent Visitor Festival."
Tickets for the December 10 production in Columbia's Black Box Theatre are free.
On Wednesday, December 11, playwright Sloan Macrae, director Ken Kaissar and the Epiphany Theater Company will present "Obscene Jesters," the tale of three stand-up comics in a competition to save their jobs. With the looming threat of unemployment, the three embark on a war of wits, where laughs are points and the comic with the least points loses his job. In their quest, the "obscene jesters" struggle with questions of etiquette and the depths they will sink for a laugh. In the process they learn about comedy, humiliation and crossing the line.
Tickets for the December 11 production in Columbia's Black Box Theatre are $5.
Now in its second year, Arts Uptown provides small theatres space for one-night performances to cultivate new work and develop new audiences from the Columbia community. Arts Uptown also serves as a liaison to the Alliance of Resident Theatres of New York to promote student discount ticket programs and arts internship opportunities for Columbia students.
The Black Box Theatre is located on the 5th floor of Alfred Lerner Hall. For reservations for "Beckett Bits" or "Obscene Jesters" call 212-854-4902. Seating is limited.