Samuel Beckett (1906 - 1989)
The Lost Ones (1975)
The Lost Ones
Theater for the New City

By Samuel Beckett
Adapted and Directed by Lee Breuer
Music Composed and Performed by Philip Glass

David Warrilow
Linda (Hartinian) Wolfe
Bill Raymond
Ellen McElduff

Samuel Beckett gave permission to Mabou Mines to stage The Lost Ones through the playwright Jean Reavey, who was a close friend of the author, on the condition that it was only a "straight reading". During rehearsals, the reading expanded into a fully realized production directed by Lee Breuer with David Warrilow performing the text in a dark, foam rubber cylindrical space with tiny HO scale plastic figures and ladders. The music was composed by Philip Glass. Beckett later wrote to Reavey, "Sounds like a crooked straight reading to me."

OBIE Award for distinguished acting to David Warrilow, 1976


Theater for the New City- March 6-23, 1975
Ohio Weslyan University- April 14-16, 1975
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago- April 26, 1975
Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis- May 1-3, 1975
Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge Mass- May 15-17, 1975
The Public Theater, NYC- 1976

""I've seen many Beckett Hells, but this is the first time I've experienced one."
- Richard Gottlieb - SOHO WEEKLY NEWS

""This is certainly one of the most original and magical of all Beckett productions."
- Jack Kroll - NEWSWEEK

Samuel Beckett in UbuWeb Sound