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College and KSER present Samuel Beckett’s radio play, 'Embers,' Oct. 23


On Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre at Edmonds College KSER and Edmonds CC's Arts Culture and Civic Engagement program will present a staged reading and live broadcast of Samuel Beckett’s play for radio "Embers." The play can be heard on KSER FM 90.7 or at www.kser.org

"Embers" was written in English in 1957 and first broadcast on the BBC Third Programme on 24 June 1959.

"Embers" involves a lone man named Henry’s repeated efforts to tell himself a story about a man, Bolton, who sends for a doctor Holloway, presumably so that Holloway can give him a lethal injection. Holloway, however, is only prepared to give Bolton an anesthetic which will numb his pain for a limited time only. Beckett's familiar concerns are evident in this inner narrative about a man who longs for an end to his torment.

Besides the Bolton story, the play is balanced by the sound of the sea; Henry is obsessed with this sound as he attempts to remember events from the past connected with his family, and to communicate with his father, who is presumed drowned. Henry alternates between these various strands of thought before being eventually joined, in his mind, by his wife, Ada.

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