The Irish writer Samuel Beckett revolutionized 20th century theater with his 1953 play Waiting for Godot. However, he wrote the play as a distraction from what he called “the important work”: his prose. Among Beckett’s earliest short stories, First Love is full of the author’s trademark dark humor. In it, a man recounts his first and perhaps only love and the hindrance it posed to ridding himself of all contact with others. As directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett and embodied by Conor Lovett’s remarkable presence, First Love is a beautiful and concentrated work that seems to hover perfectly between comedy and tragedy.

First Love was created with funding from The Arts Council of Ireland. The Portland appearance and international touring are supported by Culture Ireland.