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Members 2009

Seattle Novyi Theatre Members

Devin Bartlett
b0096595_011431.jpgDevin grew up in the lovely and beautiful confines of the glorious San Fernando Valley in sunny Southern California . He was able to cut his acting chops on a wide variety of TV shows and movies including The Love Boat, Simon & Simon, Major Dad, Family Ties, Chicago Hope, ER, The Last Starfighter, Hook, The Buddy System, Beaches, Scarface, The Rock, and Beverly Hills Cop II prior to moving to Seattle. After a break from acting of several years, Devin returned as The Workman in Seattle Novyi Theatre’s production of Uncle Vanya, and Jack in The Dearest of Friends.

Corinne Bogan
b0096595_0112771.jpgCorinne co-directed Seattle Novyi Theatre's production of Uncle Vanya with Leonid Anisimov. She attended Cornish College of the Arts, and studied with Mark Jenkins at Freehold Theatre Lab & Studio. Corinne began training with Leonid Anisimov in January 2006, and can be seen as Polina in The Seagull. She participated in an internationally collaborative performance of Uncle Vanya (as Maria) during the International Festival of Classical Plays in Ussuriiskii , Russia in July 2007 as Mama in Uncle Vanya., which ended with a performance of The Seagull.

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Paul has been acting in, directing and producing theater in the Seattle area since 1989. He has been studying and using the Stanislavski System since 2001 when he began working with Leonid Anisimov. Under the direction of Mr. Anisimov he has appeared in The Cherry Orchard, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya and The Lower Depths in Seattle , Tokyo and Russia . Paul has participated in internationally collaborative performances and workshops in Yuda , Japan in 2001, Tokyo in 2003, and Ussuriiskii , Russia in 2007. He is also a member of the Tokyo Novyi Repertory Theater, and had the pleasure of sharing the stage with the beautiful artists of TNRT during their inaugural season.

Chikako Togashi
b0096595_0124113.jpgBorn and raised in Sapporo, Japan, Chikako has been interested in theater since she was four years old, and performing with a shadow play group. The death of the leader of the Shadow Play group in 2007 brought back fond memories of her childhood, and motivated her to become involved in Seattle Novyi Theatre. She feels luck to be involved in SNT as she was not able to find something like this in her hometown. Chika gathers great energy living in Seattle and the USA , and will never tire of living here.

Amy Yeater
b0096595_012924.jpgAmy is thrilled to be working in theater again after a 20 year hiatus. She appeared as Vonnie in SNT’s production of The Dearest of Friends prior to Winnie in Happy Days. She sends out much love and thanks to her boys – Kevin and Lewis, and all her friends who have been so supportive.
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by seattlenovyi | 2009-02-16 00:00 | Members

Samuel Beckett Info

Samuel Beckett
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Samuel Barclay Beckett (13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish writer, dramatist and poet. Beckett's work offers a bleak outlook on human culture, and both formally and philosophically became increasingly minimalist. As a student, assistant, and friend of James Joyce, Beckett is considered by many one of the last modernists; as an inspiration to many later writers, he is sometimes considered one of the first postmodernists. He is also considered one of the key writers in what Martin Esslin called "Theatre of the Absurd".

Beckett studied French, Italian, and English at Trinity College, Dublin from 1923 to 1927. After leaving Trinity, Beckett began to travel in Europe . He also spent some time in London , where in 1931 he published Proust, his critical study of French author Marcel Proust. In 1932, he wrote his first novel, Dream of Fair to Middling Women, but after many rejections from publishers decided to abandon it; the book would eventually be published in 1993. Despite his inability to get it published, however, the novel did serve as a source for many of Beckett's early poems, as well as for his first full-length book, the 1933 short-story collection More Pricks Than Kicks. In 1935—the year that Beckett successfully published a book of his poetry, Echo's Bones and Other Precipitates—he was also working on his novel Murphy. Returning to Ireland briefly in 1937, he oversaw the publishing of Murphy (1938), which he himself translated into French the next year. He then decided to settle permanently in Paris . He joined the French Resistance after the 1940 occupation by Germany , working as a courier, and on several occasions was nearly caught by the Gestapo. Beckett was awarded the Croix de guerre and the Médaille de la Résistance by the French government for his efforts in fighting the German occupation. He continued work on the novel Watt (begun in 1941 and completed in 1945, but not published until 1953) while in hiding in Roussillon .

Beckett is publicly most famous for the play Waiting for Godot. Like most of his works after 1947, the play was first written in French with the title En attendant Godot. Beckett worked on the play between October 1948 and January 1949. He published it in 1952, and premiered it in 1953. The success of Waiting for Godot opened up a career in theatre for its author. Beckett went on to write a number of successful full-length plays, including 1957's Endgame, Krapp's Last Tape (written in English), 1960's Happy Days (also written in English), and 1963's Play.

Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969 for his "writing, which—in new forms for the novel and drama—in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation". Beckett was elected Saoi of Aosdána in 1984. He died in Paris of respiratory problems.

Of all the English-language modernists, Beckett's work represents the most sustained attack on the realist tradition. He, more than anyone else, opened up the possibility of drama and fiction that dispense with conventional plot and the unities of place and time in order to focus on essential components of the human condition.
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by seattlenovyi | 2009-02-15 23:50 | Samuel Beckett

Happy Days Director's Note

I think of Samuel Beckett as an author who is the successor of Anton Chekhov, and I am very much overwhelmed and astonished by his sensibilities and preciseness in analyzing human beings when they are in specific situations. “Happy Days” is constructed in such a way that half of it is filled with stage directions, which demand actors to follow specific `physical actions`. I feel that Samuel Beckett is a playwright who absolutely understands the concept of `physical actions`.
I have seen several productions of his plays, but they were cold and without any spirit. One exception was “Rockaby” with Marjorie Nelson in the one-woman play. It was melancholic, wise, beautiful and alive. (I remember confessing my love to Marjorie Nelson that night after watching her performance).
Destiny gave me a gift. I was given an opportunity to rehearse this play “Happy Days” filled with the talent and tenderness of American actors Paul and Amy in Tokyo . We shared many tears and laughter in each rehearsal.
I often think that maybe someday, maybe in one hundred years, we might be able to FEEL Beckett's or Chekhov's plays as they wished us to feel. But we must start…I believe someday someone will accomplish this feat. Until then…

Leonid Anisimov
Honored Artist Of Russia
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by seattlenovyi | 2009-02-15 23:46 | Leonid Anisimov