In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:
The dramatic texts of a playwright like Samuel Beckett maintain at least two functions. The confrontation of audience and text, accomplished by the collaborative mechanism of production, provides the ostensible raison d'être of these dramatic works. However, the plays also maintain an active existence as texts, and they are subject to the variations of readings by a diverse public and analysis by professional exegetes who study Beckett's drama in order to exercise their critical acuity and to produce their own texts.
Becker, Barbara S. and Lyons, Charles R.
Comparative Drama: Vol. 19
, Article 1.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/compdr/vol19/iss4/1