I'LL GO ON was conceived and commissioned three years prior to its performance at LCT, when Michael Colgan, artistic director of the Gate Theatre Dublin, approached actor Barry McGovern about doing a one-man show based on the works of Samuel Beckett. The show consists of extracts, selected by Mr. McGovern and Gerry Dukes, from Malloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable. With Beckett's agreement and encouragement Barry McGovern, director Colm Ó Briain and designer Robert Ballagh worked on the projected for over a year. I'LL GO ON was presented three times in Dublin, each time playing to capacity houses and toured all over Europe: to Paris, in honor of Beckett's 80th birthday and to London, Edinburgh, Bari, Jerusalem, Brussels and Amsterdam. I'LL GO ON received its American premiere at the International Theatre Festival of Chicago. Along with the Gate's production of Juno and the Paycock, I'LL GO ON was presented as part of the first New York International Festival of the Arts.