Brian Dennehy told me a neat story that didn't make it into my feature story in this Sunday's Arts Section of The Hartford Courant about Samuel Beckett and the publishing of the scriopt to "Krapp's Last Tape."
Dennehy, who stars in the show that starts performances Nov. 29 at New Haven's Long Wharf Theatre, talked about the excitment that the play generated when it was first produced in 1958. The one-act centers on an elderly man looking back 30 years at his earlier self through stored tapes for his reel-to-reel tape recorder.
The script was all set to be published when one clever chap in the publishing house said that 30 years ago, a tape recorder such as the one Krapp uses wasn't invented yet.
Oh my god, thought the panicked publisher. What do we do?
Cooly, Beckett leans over to the script and with a pencil, scratches in: "A late evening in the future."