Honoring Richard Pryor & Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett. Richard Pryor.

Richard Pryor. Samuel Beckett.

Pryor. Beckett.

Beckett. Pryor.

“All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

This quote from Beckett’s ultimate novella Worstward Ho (1983)  is one that could apply to  Richard Pryor’s literal life.  One, had he been a tattooed inmate of this universe – which he plumbed through like a torpedo – that would have been scrawled on his arm. It not only could be a striving addict’s mantra or a rebel’s reminder, but an affirmation for all of us who leap and try but always find ourselves disappointed either in ourselves or the world around us.  It is the artist’s Hail Mary.

Read how Samuel Beckett and Richard Pryor’s tragicomedy saves and enlightens us in the March edition of the Luminal Theater’s Wavelengths.


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