Catastrophe

Catastrophe
Type TV Special
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 0hr 16mins.
Genres Drama, Adaptation
Keywords N/A
Status Completed
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Harold Pinter Actor Director 1 1000001
John Gielgud Actor Protagonist 1 1000002
Rebecca Pidgeon Actor Assistant 1 1000003
David Mamet Director n/a 2 2000001
Joe Mulholland Executive Producer n/a 174 3000001
Michael Colgan Producer n/a 3 3000002
Alan Moloney Producer n/a 3 3000003
Samuel Beckett Play as Source Material ("Catastrophe") 120972 4000001
Synopsis
A theatre director and his assistant arrange a protagonist, who stands on a black block submitting to their direction. The director wears a fur coat and matching toque and smokes a cigar. He has only a short amount of time to devote to the rehearsal, as he must go to a meeting. The assistant behaves with humility and alacrity, though she carefully wipes the director's armchair before she can relax in it. She has frequent recourse to her pad and pencil. Luke, the offstage lighting man, remains invisible throughout. The director gets a 'storm of applause' for his creation, but the brief existence of the protagonist ends as a skull: ' raises his head, fixes the audience. The applause falters, dies.'