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Emerson Paramount Center

Presents Tony Award-Winner 





Written and Performed by Tony Award-Winning actor BILL IRWIN

Emerson Paramount Center Robert J. Orchard Stage, 559 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111 

Tickets for "ON BECKETT" may be purchased 24x7 at, or by calling 617-824-8400 (Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00pm to 6:00pm). 

Tickets start at $25. 

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October 26, 2022 through October 30, 2022

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The Paramount Center Box Office is open for walk-up service Thursday through Saturday from Noon to 6:00pm. 

ArtsEmerson, Boston’s leading presenter of contemporary world theater and film and the professional presenting and producing organization of Emerson College, is excited to welcome Tony Award-winning actor and master clown Bill Irwin to Boston for his solo stage piece "ON BECKETT" which will run six performances only from October 26 through October 30, 2022 at the Emerson Paramount Center Robert J. Orchard Stage

In "ON BECKETT," Irwin explores a performer’s relationship to the works of legendary playwright Samuel Beckett—widely regarded as one of the greatest dramatists of the 20th century— incorporating passages from various works by the Irish writer, including Texts for Nothing, The Unnamable, Watt and Waiting for Godot.

(Photo: Bill Irwin in On Beckett Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg)

"ON BECKETT" is produced by Octopus Theatricals and premiered at Irish Repertory Theatre in New York City on October 3, 2018. 

Irwin’s physical approach to the comic and tragic sides of Beckett’s writing invites audiences to experience the writer’s language as they never have before in this fun, surprising trek through the works of Beckett

In July, the Theatre Hall of Fame announced that Bill Irwin would be among its 2022 class of inductees; the 51st induction ceremony, produced by Terry Hodge Taylor, has been scheduled for November 14, 2022 at the Gershwin Theatre.

(Photo: Bill Irwin in On Beckett Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg)

ArtsEmerson is also thrilled to announce that Bill Irwin is the 2022/2023 Fresh Sound Artist in Residence

Funded by Emerson College’s World On Stage Fund - an endowment initiated and funded in part by the Trustees of the Fresh Sound Foundation in honor of Emerson Alumna Helen Rodger Cutherbert, class of 1911 - the Fresh Sound Artist residency is managed by ArtsEmerson in support of its ongoing commitment to give Emerson students access to the iconoclast contemporary theatre artists. 

Former Fresh Sound artists include Anne Bogart, Suzan-Lori Parks, Ayad Akhtar, Walter Mosley, Claudia Rankine, and Guillermo Calderon. 

(Photo: Bill Irwin in On Beckett Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg)

Bill Irwin’s original stage works include The Regard of Flight, The Happiness Lecture, and Old Hats

He won Broadway’s Best Actor Tony Award for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and picked up a second statue for Fool Moon (created with David Shiner) which earned four Tony nominations. His many television credits include Elmo’s World (as Mr. Noodle) and Legion (Mr. Loudermilk), and his film credits range from Rachel Getting Married to The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. 

Irwin was an original member of Kraken, a theatre company directed by Herbert Blau, and was also an original member of the Pickle Family Circus of San Francisco with Larry Pisoni and Geoff Hoyle. Irwin is the grateful recipient of MacArthur, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships.

'ON BECKETT' is an invite — it’s a personal invitation — to deep dive into the writing of a man whose work I love AND hate — Mr. Samuel Beckett,” explains Bill Irwin. “I think 'ON BECKETT' is a good first entry to the wild and beautiful content that is Mr. Beckett’s writing — and it speaks also to those of us who read and re-visit the language often. It’s an actor’s — and it’s a clown’s — look at a great writer’s language. I look forward to bringing my take on Mr. Beckett's writing to Boston.” 

ArtsEmerson has a deep history with the work of Samuel Beckett,” says ArtsEmerson Executive Director David C. Howse. “We've presented a classic production of his signature play, Waiting for Godot, but we've also showcased radical interpretations as well, such as Here All Night, which turned the playwright's words into music, or pairing three short works together in one intense, riveting piece performed by Lisa Dwan." 

"Bill Irwin's 'ON BECKETT' does something entirely new, providing a window into an actor's close relationship with Beckett's words'," continues Howse. "What struck me most about the piece was how Irwin's journey is delightful and engaging at every turn, and how well it works for both the most dedicated Beckett expert and newcomers. This show will surprise you in the best possible way and I look forward to bringing it to Boston.” 

Thanks to generous support from Rockland Trust, a limited number of $10 Mobile Rush tickets will be available at 10:00am each performance day on a first-come, first-served basis, exclusively through the TodayTix mobile app. For more information, please click on “General Public'' when you visit ArtsEmerson’s Offers web page. 


Proof of vaccination or a negative test is required for entry 

Recommended for Ages 10+ 

Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission


ArtsEmerson is Emerson College’s professional presenting and producing organization. As part of an institution that believes in fostering creativity, passion, excellence, and inclusivity, we are using art to bring the world to Boston, and to bring Boston together.


Emerson Paramount Center 

559 Washington Street 

Boston, MA 02111