David Alpaugh will present highlights from a course he is currently teaching on the Nobel Prize winning dramatist Samuel Beckett, whose play Waiting for Godot revolutionized 20th century drama. Although Beckett’s work has been grouped with that of Genet, Ionesco, and Pinter as “Theatre of the Absurd” Alpaugh sees Beckett’s stage as uniquely “metaphorical.” Join David as he explores the dark humor of Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Happy Days, and other plays by the dramatist painter Bram Van Velde said “never wrote anything he hadn’t lived.”
David Alpaugh’s essays on Beckett have been published in Modern Drama, Twentieth Century Literature, and in the Norton anthology Eight Modern Plays. His poetry has appeared in more than 100 journals from Able Muse to Poetry to Zyzzyva, and he is one of the 50 contemporary poets included by Dana Gioia in California Poetry from the Gold Rush to the Present. A long time ICC member, Alpaugh teaches at the UCB Extension and The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and has been a finalist for Poet Laureate of California.