Synopsis

Masterful storyteller Frank Galati makes sense of Beckett’s profound exploration of the most mysterious corners of the human mind. Swerving from the magnificent to the miniscule and from the profound to the profoundly ridiculous, a powerful all-ensemble cast brings to life this epic tale set in a tiny room. Endgame is a compelling exploration of the stories we construct to make sense of our lives that will have you talking all night long.

Nobel Prize-winning playwright Samuel Beckett is the author of more than 25 plays and novels including Waiting for Godot, Happy Days and Krapp’s Last Tape, produced at Steppenwolf in 1978. An adaptor and director, as well as an actor, Tony® Award-winner Frank Galati's Steppenwolf credits include Kafka on the Shore, after the quake and The Grapes of Wrath among others. Broadway directing credits include Ragtime and The Grapes of Wrath, and he appears as Prospero this spring in Steppenwolf’s production of The Tempest.

Watch & Listen

  1. EXPLORE: The World of Endgame

    EXPLORE: The World of Endgame

  2. MaTEENée for Endgame

    MaTEENée for Endgame

  3. #043: Ensemble Member William Petersen on Endgame

    #043: Ensemble Member William Petersen on Endgame

  4. Martha Lavey on Post-Show Discussions After Endgame

    Martha Lavey on Post-Show Discussions After Endgame

  5. #042: Ensemble Member Francis Guinan on Endgame

    #042: Ensemble Member Francis Guinan on Endgame

  6. Finding the Humor in Endgame

    Finding the Humor in Endgame

  7. A Select Scene from Endgame: Scene 1

    A Select Scene from Endgame: Scene 1

  8. A Select Scene from Endgame: Scene 2

    A Select Scene from Endgame: Scene 2

  9. A Select Scene from Endgame: Scene 3

    A Select Scene from Endgame: Scene 3

  10. #041: Ensemble Member Frank Galati on Endgame

    #041: Ensemble Member Frank Galati on Endgame

  11. Top 10 Reasons To See Endgame

    Top 10 Reasons To See Endgame

  12. Endgame in Production

    Endgame in Production

  13. #040: Ensemble Member Ian Barford on Endgame

    #040: Ensemble Member Ian Barford on Endgame

  14. Endgame in Rehearsal

    Endgame in Rehearsal

  15. #017: Artistic Director Martha Lavey on the 2009-2010 Season

    #017: Artistic Director Martha Lavey on the 2009-2010 Season

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Reviews

"Few pieces spur the imagination like this: it made me think of everything from my own ego to how life is too darn short.” - Chicago Tribune

"Galati and his actors find the sweet spot between dark humor and simple darkness." - Time Out Chicago

"Clear, thoughtful, alternately mysterious and comic." - Chicago Sun-Times

Program Articles

Overthinking the Play

Mad Men Advertise Beckett

Samuel Beckett: From Start to Endgame

By understanding Beckett’s history, one has a greater sense of why he sought to portray such a barren landscape.

Letter From Artistic Director on Endgame

Artistic Director Martha Lavey on Samuel Beckett's masterpiece

Overthinking the Play

Mad Men Advertise Beckett

Samuel Beckett: From Start to Endgame

By understanding Beckett’s history, one has a greater sense of why he sought to portray such a barren landscape.

The Game at Hand

Artistic Director Martha Lavey talks with Director Frank Galati

Letter From Artistic Director on Endgame

Artistic Director Martha Lavey on Samuel Beckett's masterpiece

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