Samuel Beckett’s gift was prose — a lyrical but bleak cascade of words that takes readers into a place where black humor feeds tenacity, and minimalism says it all. The Kitchen Dog Theatre has a special affinity for that prose, taking their name from a line in his masterpiece Waiting for Godot, and kicking off their 26th season with a tribute to Beckett’s later, starker pieces in A Stain Upon the Silence: Beckett’s Bequest. Director Tim Johnson packages four short pieces inspired by the legacy of Beckett with two of the playwrights’ own monologues. The performance starts with Rockaby, then fades into Sam Shepard’s Tongues and Will Eno’s black comedy Behold the Coach, in a Blazer, Uninsured. Following an intermission, Beckett’s A Piece of a Monologue sets the stage for Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pickling. The evening is concluded with a performance by local actress/playwright Janielle Kastner of Abe Koogler’s Lisa in My Friend. See this tribute to the master of mighty prose at the Trinity River Arts Center, 2800 N. Stemmons Freeway, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20. Additional performances continue through Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $15 to $30 at kitchendogtheater.org/beckett.