I am proud to be invited to direct Endgame by Samuel Beckett for the Tenth Anniversary of the renowned Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre. The overwhelming response to my production of Waiting for Godot with the Gate Theatre Dublin, when it was shown at the Dramatic Arts Centre Theatre in May 2004, proved a keen interest of the Shanghai audience in the work of Samuel Beckett and a great understanding for it. Samuel Beckett was one of the most important artistic minds and innovators of drama of the Twenties Centre in Western Europe, not to say in the world. I was blessed to work closely with him for over fifteen years and I regard it as my foremost duty to serve his work in the way I was privileged to learn from him. I am very excited about interpreting Endgame with Chinese actors for a Chinese audience as closely as possible to the way he conceived it and wanted it to be seen on stage. With only four people in a room, depending on each other and inescapably tied together, Endgame is perhaps the most perfect of Samuel Beckett’s plays. It is the ultimate tragi-comic metaphor ofthe incapability of human beings to live with each other or without each other in a hostile, inexplicable and declining world. Samuel Beckett’s favourite line from the play was: “Nothing is funnier than unhappiness...” When asked for interpretation and explanations he insisted: “Everything is play...”————Walter Asmus ......