March 3, 2021

Beckett’s “Happy Days” Stars Princeton University Alums

ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION: Princeton alumni Tessa Albertson, Class of 2020 (foreground), and Jake Austin Robertson, Class of 2015, are featured in The Wild Project’s production of Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days,” produced in association with Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies. (Photo courtesy of The Wild Project)

A filmed production of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days, produced by The Wild Project of New York’s East Village in association with Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies, is being shown via free Zoom webinar on Friday, March 5 at 4:30 p.m., in recognition of this modernist masterpiece’s 60th anniversary.

The Wild Project and director Nico Krell are revitalizing the mysterious work. In a rare exception allowed only during the global pandemic, the performance has been recorded and will be broadcast online, translated to the screen by a team of artists working on the cutting edge of digital theater. The Wild Project will present six more showings of the film March 5 through 13, with a recommended donation of $25.

In the ultimate emblem of perseverance, Beckett’s Winnie, helplessly buried up to her waist in the ground, endures the wearisome humdrum of endless, interchangeable days. And now, speaking to an audience who has faced a year of quarantine, the play endures as well. It is directed by Princeton alumnus Nico Krell and features alumni Tessa Albertson and Jake Austin Robertson.

For more information and to register, visit arts.princeton.edu/happy-days.