By Trevon Yarber
College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas Theatre program will present Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame” beginning Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre of the Snow Fine Arts Center.

“Endgame” will also be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and March 2-3 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 25 and March 4.

Kevin Browne, associate professor of theatre and the show’s director, said he expected his audience to be baffled, entertained and disturbed.

“This is one of the most important absurdist plays by the most important absurdist playwright,” Browne said.

According to uca.edu/theatre/season, “Endgame” is “a pinnacle of Beckett’s characteristic raw minimalism” and “a pure and devastating distillation of the human essence in the face of approaching death.”

Beckett wrote the play in French and translated it into English. “Endgame” is considered by many critics to be his greatest single work.

Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. According to the website, his literary output of plays, novels, stories and poetry has earned him an uncontested place as one of the greatest writers of our time.

Browne said UCA Theatre started design meetings in October and started rehearsals a few days before classes began in January.

“We are continuing with weekly design and production meetings,” he said. “We are rehearsing roughly 15 to 20 hours a week and we will do so until we open.”

In the Black Box Theatre, seats will be extremely limited. Free tickets are available at uca.edu/tickets.

The UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication includes the Departments of Art, Music, and Film, Theatre and Creative Writing, as well as the School of Communication. The college’s primary mission is the preparation of the next generation of artists, educators and communicators. For more information about CFAC, visit www.uca.edu/cfac or call 501-450-3293.