Linden Banks in "Krapp's Last Tape." Photo submitted by Seven Tyrants Theatre.

Krapp's Last Tape

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Seven Tyrants Theatre, Vancouver's Jessie Award winning independent theatre company, opens its first season of work in their new performance venue with Samuel Beckett’s absurdist one-man masterpiece, "Krapp’s Last Tape." The production stars Jessie award nominated actor Linden Banks as “Krapp”, and is directed by David Thomas Newham, who additionally provides the lighting and set designs. The creative team also includes Jessie award winning sound designer Daniel Deorksen. Newham and Deorksen have collaborated on a number of notable productions over the years and, although this is the first time they have produced one of Samuel Beckett’s works, their previous efforts have been compared to the master of minimalism.

The play will be performed in Tyrant Studios, the company’s newly renovated performance venue located above the historic Penthouse Nightclub. Recently converted by the company to a studio theatre, these upstairs rooms once hosted exclusive parties and performances by music legends such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr, and Frank Sinatra.

Rarely produced professionally in Vancouver, "Krapp’s Last Tape" is a timeless portrait of an aging artist who has given up on the possibility of love in exchange for a life of fruitless artistic expression. The Off-Broadway sensation, a tour-de-force for one man, is the most affectionate portrait of a character that Beckett has ever written: an aging man who lives a lonely and shabby existence in a darkened room. At year's end, he takes out a bottle of wine, a banana and his tape recorder, and he listens as his own voice from the past recounts the glories and hopes of his youth.