“Lifted from the familiarity of ‘normal vision and sound,’ one’s imagination and reason collide until there is a fusion between both.” – Irish Examiner, Dublin


Accompany Samuel Beckett’s curious figures into an uncertain future. Attired in dark cloaks and given headphones, audiences are guided through Greenwich Village on this rhythmic, immersive, group walk. Each performance is limited to 18 participants.

Pan Pan Theatre brings visceral energy to Cascando, Beckett’s 1963 radio play, transforming it into an absorbing experience in which the audience is part of the spectacle. Featuring the melodic voices of Irish actors Andrew Bennett and Daniel Reardon, Cascando poetically pits words against music. This deeply riveting yet broken tale of a man hopelessly trying to finish a story is directed by Gavin Quinn with sound design and music by Jimmy Eadie.


Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) was an Irish author, critic, and playwright. He wrote in both French and English and is perhaps best known for his plays, especially Waiting for Godot. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969.

Pan Pan was founded in 1993 by Co-Artistic Directors Aedín Cosgrove and Gavin Quinn. The company has created 43 new theatre and performance pieces and toured worldwide, receiving multiple national and international awards. Since its inception, Pan Pan has constantly examined and challenged the nature of its work and has resisted settling into well-tried formulas. Developing new performance ideas is at the centre of the company’s mission. All the works created are original, either through the writing (original plays) or through the totally unique expression of established writings. Pan Pan approaches theatre as an open form of expression and has developed an individual aesthetic that has grown from making performances in a host of different situations and conditions. Panpantheatre.com


We really love an adaptation! – especially one that breathes new life into a classic. Experience one of Beckett’s less-produced works in an exciting new format, with the intimacy of headphones bringing the radio play into contemporary parlance.  

 We love to expand our horizons! – in this case, Pan Pan Theatre moves beyond the proscenium & velvet seats and into the streets of NYC, for an immersive encounter with Beckett’s text.

Come and be a part of the glorious spectacle of Washington Square Park – who doesn’t want to don a mysteriously theatrical cloak and baffle the tourists? 


  • Audience members must be 12 years of age or older to enter the theater.
  • Audience members must show a valid government-issued photo ID.
  • All audience members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a COVID-19 booster shot (if eligible for the booster based on CDC criteria). Documentation must include name, birthday, dates of doses & vaccine manufacturer. Documentation must be in English.
  • All audience members will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated and boosted (if eligible), with an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine.
  •  All audience members must wear a well-fitted mask at all times.
    Allowable masks: disposable masks (surgical or medical procedure masks), KN95 masks, KF94 masks, N95 masks are allowable.

Read our full health and safety policies & FAQs here.


Co-sponsored by Glucksman Ireland House.Logos: Glucksman Ireland House NYU & NYU Graduate School of Arts & Science

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Supported by Culture Ireland and The Arts Council of Ireland. 

NYU Skirball’s programs are made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and by Howard Gilman Foundation, Collins Building Services, Consolidated Edison, Harkness Foundation for Dance, DuBose & Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund, New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and Marta Heflin Foundation, as well as our valued donors through memberships and commissioning fund support.

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A line of people in black cloaks with their hoods up walking single file on NYU's campus.
Photo by Ian Douglas
A line of people in black cloaks with their hoods up walking single file on NYU's campus.
Photo by Ian Douglas

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Prep School: Cascando

Readings, videos, interviews and more.

Pan Pan: Cascando Program

Director’s Note First broadcast in 1963, Cascando begins with the character Opener setting the scene: the month of May, a time of