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Beckett, Samuel Happy Days (Grove, 1961) .pdf



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Title: Happy Days
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HAPPY DAYS

Other Works By Samuel Beckett
Published By Grove Press

Cascando and Other Short Dramatic Pieces
Endgame
Film
Happy Days
How It Is
Krapp's LastTape and Other Dramatic Pieces
More Pricks Than Kicks
Murphy
Poems in English
Proust
Stories & Texts for Nothing
Molloy
Malone Dies
The Unnamable
Waiting for Godot
Watt

SAMUEL
BECKETT

HAPPY DAYS
A PLAY IN
TWO ACTS

GROVE PRESS, INC.
NEW YORK

Copyright© 1961 by Grove Press, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 61-1691 I
Thirteenth Printing

CAUTION: Professionals and amateurs are hereby
warned that this play, being fully protected under
the copyright laws of the United States, the British
Empire, including the Dominion of Canada, and all
other countries of the Copyright Union, is subject
to royalty. All rights, including professional, ama­
teur, motion-picture, recitation, public reading, radio
and television broadcasting, and the rights of trans­
lation into foreign languages, are strictly reserved.
For amateur and stock rights, apply to Samuel
French, Inc., 25 West 45th Street, New York,
New York 10036. For all other rights, apply to
Grove Press, Inc., 53 East IIth Street, New York,
New York 10003.
Manufactured in the United States of America
DISTRIBUTED BY RANDOM HOUSE, INC., NEW YORK

GROVE PRESS, INC., 53 EAST 11TH STREET,
NEW YORK, NEW YORK I 0003

The world premiere of Happy Days was pre­
sented by Theatre

1962 (Messrs. Richard Barr

and Clinton W i l d e r) at the C h e rry L a n e
Theatre, New York, o n September

1 7,

1961,

with the following cast:

WINNIE, a woman about fifty
WILLIE, a man about sixty

Directed by Alan Schneider
Designed by William Ritman

Ruth White
John C. Becher

Act I

Expanse of scorched grass rising centre to low
mound. Gentle slopes down to front and
either side of stage. Back an abrupter fall to
stage level. Maximum of simplicity and
symmetry .
Blazing light.
Very pompier trompe-l'oeil backcloth to
represent unbroken plain and sky receding to
meet in far distance.
Imbedded up to above her waist in exact
centre of mound, WINNIE. About fifty, well
preserved, blond for preference, plump, arms
and shoulders bare, low bodice, big bosom,
pearl necklet. She is discovered sleeping, her
arms on the ground before her, her bead on
her arms. Beside her on ground to her left a
capacious black bag, shopping variety, and to
her right a collapsible collapsed parasol, beak
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8

I

SAMUEL BECKETT

of handle emerging from sheath.
To her right and rear, lying asleep on ground,
hidden by mound, WILLIE.
Long pause. A bell rings piercingly, say ten
seconds, stops. She does not move. Pause. Bell
more piercingly, say five seconds. She wakes.
Bell stops. She raises her bead, gazes front.
Long pause. She straightens up, lays her hands
fiat on ground, throws back her bead and
gazes at zenith. Long pause.
WINNIE

(gazing at zenith ) . Another heavenly day.
(Pause. Head back level, ey es front, pause.
She clasps bands to breast, closes eyes. Lips
move in inaudible prayer, say ten seconds.
Lips still. Hands remain clasped. Low . ) For
Jesus Christ sake Amen. (Ey es open, hands
unclasp, return to mound. Pause. She clasps
hands to breast again, closes ey es, lips move
again in inaudible addendum, say five seconds.
Low.) World without end Amen. (Ey es open,
bands unclasp, return to mound. Pause. )
Begin, Winnie. (Pause. ) Begin your day,
Winnie. (Pause. She turns to bag, rummages
in it without moving it from its place, brings
out toothbrush, ru mmages again, brings out


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