In a sculptural costume designed by Arlene Shechet, two-time Academy Award Winner Dianne Wiest performed excerpts from Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days. Taking place within Shechet’s installation, Full Steam Ahead, the performance allowed passersby to come and go as it unfolded, to return for repeats over the course of the week, and to experience fragments of the text as they moved through the installation.

Passing by Samuel Beckett,  excerpts from  Happy Days  performed by Dianne Wiest in  Full Steam Ahead , Madison Square Park, October 2018. Photo by Rich Lee.

Passing by Samuel Beckett, excerpts from Happy Days performed by Dianne Wiest in Full Steam Ahead, Madison Square Park, October 2018. Photo by Rich Lee.

 
Passing by Samuel Beckett,  excerpts from  Happy Days  performed by Dianne Wiest in  Full Steam Ahead , Madison Square Park, October 2018. Photo by Hunter Canning.

Passing by Samuel Beckett, excerpts from Happy Days performed by Dianne Wiest in Full Steam Ahead, Madison Square Park, October 2018. Photo by Hunter Canning.

 
Passing by Samuel Beckett,  excerpts from  Happy Days  performed by Dianne Wiest in  Full Steam Ahead , Madison Square Park, October 2018. Photo by Rich Lee.

Passing by Samuel Beckett, excerpts from Happy Days performed by Dianne Wiest in Full Steam Ahead, Madison Square Park, October 2018. Photo by Rich Lee.

 
Passing by Samuel Beckett,  excerpts from  Happy Days  performed by Dianne Wiest in  Full Steam Ahead , Madison Square Park, October 2018. Photo by Rich Lee.

Passing by Samuel Beckett, excerpts from Happy Days performed by Dianne Wiest in Full Steam Ahead, Madison Square Park, October 2018. Photo by Rich Lee.

 
Passing by Samuel Beckett,  excerpts from  Happy Days  performed by Dianne Wiest in  Full Steam Ahead , Madison Square Park, October 2018. Photo by Hunter Canning.

Passing by Samuel Beckett, excerpts from Happy Days performed by Dianne Wiest in Full Steam Ahead, Madison Square Park, October 2018. Photo by Hunter Canning.

 
Passing by Samuel Beckett,  excerpts from  Happy Days  performed by Dianne Wiest in  Full Steam Ahead , Madison Square Park, October 2018. Photo by Rich Lee.

Passing by Samuel Beckett, excerpts from Happy Days performed by Dianne Wiest in Full Steam Ahead, Madison Square Park, October 2018. Photo by Rich Lee.