Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg for Cal Shakes and production dramaturg for Happy Days, shares her thoughts on the current production, and invites your questions. Happy Days runs through Sep 6, 2009.
Samuel Beckett’s Winnie, protagonist of Happy Days, is locked in a mound of earth. “And I thought, who would cope with that and go down singing,” said Beckett. “Only a woman.” Repeatedly Winnie exclaims, “That is what I find so wonderful.”
But what’s so wonderful about her situation? And what’s it supposed to mean?
There are so many ways to see Winnie: as a victim, a heroine, a battler, a hilarious purveyor of humor in the face of life’s most depressing truths. No matter how you see her, however, there is one thing you can’t contest: Winnie is a talker. It is words through which she seeks to understand her life, and words through which she pries open the mysteries of eternity.
Have a question about the play, the playwright, or the production? Leave it in the comments section below, and I’ll do my best to answer it there!Pictured above: Philippa at the 2008 Pericles Inside Scoop.