Ohio Impromptu

~ 20 years of Nasty theatre in the Shadows ~

OHIO HOUSE

written by Samuel Beckett
~Staged in November 2018
@ Memorial Hall, UNB, Fredericton, NB
~Staged in November 2018
@ Saint John Arts Centre, Saint John, NB
~Staged in November 2018
@ Théâtre l’Escaouette Studio, Moncton, NB

CAST/CREW
Reader – Michael Holmes-Lauder
Listener – Scott Shannon

Director – Elizabeth Goodyear

This show was staged as part of an evening of two one-act plays billed as OHIO HOUSE; without an intermission, it was immediately preceded by Daniel MacIvor’s House.


To read a press about the production, please click here.



LISTENER (Scott Shannon) & READER (Michael Holmes-Lauder) in Samuel Beckett's OHIO IMPROMPTU (Fredericton)

LISTENER (Scott Shannon) &
READER (Michael Holmes-Lauder) in
Samuel Beckett’s OHIO IMPROMPTU (Fredericton)

L = Listener
R = Reader
As alike in appearance as possible.
Light on table midstage. Rest of stage in darkness.

Plain white deal table say 8′ x 4′.
Two plain armless white deal chairs.
L seated at table facing front towards end of long side audience right. Bowed head propped on right hand. Face hidden. Lef hand on table. Long black coat. Long white hair.


LISTENER (Scott Shannon) & READER (Michael Holmes-Lauder) in Samuel Beckett's OHIO IMPROMPTU (Fredericton)

LISTENER (Scott Shannon) &
READER (Michael Holmes-Lauder) in
Samuel Beckett’s OHIO IMPROMPTU (Fredericton)

R seated at table in profile centre of short side audience right. Bowed head propped on right hand. Left hand on table. Book on table before him open at last pages. Long black coat. Long white hair.
Black wide-brimmed hat at centre of table.
Fade up.
Ten seconds.
R turns page.
Pause.


LISTENER (Scott Shannon) & READER (Michael Holmes-Lauder) in Samuel Beckett's OHIO IMPROMPTU

LISTENER (Scott Shannon) &
READER (Michael Holmes-Lauder) in
Samuel Beckett’s OHIO IMPROMPTU (Fredericton)

R: [Reading] Little is left to tell. In a last–
[L knocks with left hand on table.]
Little is left to tell.
[Pause. Knock.]
In a last attempt to obtain relief he moved from where they had been so long together to a single room on the far bank. From its single window he could see the downstream extremity of the Isle of Swans.
[Pause.]


LISTENER (Scott Shannon) & READER  (Michael Holmes-Lauder) in Samuel Beckett's OHIO IMPROMPTU (Moncton)

LISTENER (Scott Shannon) &
READER (Michael Holmes-Lauder) in
Samuel Beckett’s OHIO IMPROMPTU (Moncton)

R: In this extremity his old terror of night laid hold on him again. After so long a lapse that as if never been. [Pause. Looks closer.] Yes, after so long a lapse that as if never been. Now with redoubled force the fearful symptoms described at length page forty paragraph four. [Starts to turn back the pages. Checked by L’s left hand. Resumes relinquished page.] White nights now again his portion. As when his heart was young. No sleep no braving sleep till–
[Turns page.] –dawn of day.



LISTENER (Scott Shannon) & READER  (Michael Holmes-Lauder) in Samuel Beckett's OHIO IMPROMPTU

LISTENER (Scott Shannon) &
READER (Michael Holmes-Lauder) in
Samuel Beckett’s OHIO IMPROMPTU (Fredericton)

GRID CITY MAGAZINE

2 Plays, 3 Cities, 4 Performances:
Nasty Shadows Theatre Company return to the stage with a two play tour of the province >>>

Since its founding in 1999, Fredericton’s Nasty Shadows Theatre Company have built a reputation for unique, engaging productions brought to life by some of the region’s most respected theatre artists.

Embracing its independent and creative ethics to maximum capacity, the company and its members willingly choose to forego the confines of traditional theatre … [READ MORE] >>>



Scott Shannon captivates as Victor in Daniel MacIvor’s House. Photo Credit: Michael Holmes-Lauder.

Scott Shannon captivates as Victor in
Daniel MacIvor’s House.
Photo Credit: Michael Holmes-Lauder.

STU REVIEWS
(students and recent alumni of
St. Thomas University)

Nasty Shadow’s double-bill of House invites while Ohio Impromptu drags >>>

Nasty Shadows Theatre Co. treats New Brunswick to a double feature of Samuel Beckett’s Ohio Impromptu and Daniel MacIvor’s House. An interesting combination of two starkly different plays.

House is a one man show that comes across more like a crazy stranger telling you their life story while you wait for the bus, in the best way. MacIvor has written an hour-long monologue, but Victor (Scott Shannon) instantly squashes any fear that you are in for a dull lecture with his captivating storytelling. With his enchanting performance, the … [READ MORE] >>>



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