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Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” added to the Golden West College Theater Arts Department 2016-2017 Season

Just announced, the first play of the 2016-2017 Golden West College Theater Arts department season will be Samuel Beckett’s WAITING FOR GODOT. This production will be offered in place of the previously announced play FROST/NIXON.

As part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of Golden West College, plans call for the Theater Arts department to produce four productions in its Mainstage Theater and two productions in its smaller Stage West Theater as part of the new Stage West Play Series.

Tickets to the 2016-2017 season are on sale 24-hours a day at www.gwctheater.com.

The 2016-2017 theater season will offer an excellent lineup of productions featuring a talented and diverse group of authors, performers and designers.

 

Mainstage Theater

WAITING FOR GODOT

by Samuel Beckett

Directed by Tom Amen

October 7-16, 2016

 

Samuel Beckett’s timeless masterpiece, Waiting for Godot has been called by many one of the most important and enigmatic plays ever written! Though countless theater critics have labored to define and categorize the play, it defies all such attempts. In fact, Beckett himself detested repeated efforts to pigeon-hole his work: “Why people have to complicate a thing so simple I can’t make out!”

On the most fundamental level, Waiting for Godot is the story (or non-story) of two tramps cast adrift in a vast, barren landscape of indeterminate location. Each day, Didi and Gogo await the arrival of the mysterious Godot; a man they hope will give them some kind of an answer as to what to do next or where to go next, or what to think, feel, or believe next. In the meantime, the two eschew the monotony and boredom of waiting by occupying themselves with feisty debate, delightful word-play, and deft physical comedy. As Beckett quipped, “It is simply a game – everything is a game!” It is a game the playwright plays to perfection!

At once harrowing and hilarious, riveting and riotous, Waiting for Godot is ultimately a play about Hope; bedeviled, deferred, but never extinguished! It is a play about tenacity and resilience! It is a play about camaraderie and friendship! It is a play about what Tennessee Williams once called “That long delayed, but always expected ‘something’ that we live for…”

“Yes, but what is the play about?!? What is that something?!?”

We’re waiting for you to decide!

NOTE: This production contains adult language and situations, and is intended for mature audiences.

 

 

A PIECE OF MY HEART

By Shirley Lauro

Directed by Martie Ramm

November 11-20, 2016

 

A Piece of My Heart is a powerful work that explores the music and soul of a tumultuous era in our history. It is the true story of six courageous American women sent to serve in Vietnam in the late 1960’s and their struggle to make sense of a war that irrevocably changed them and the nation that shunned them. So powerful, it has been named “the most enduring play on Vietnam in the nation,” by The Vietnam Vets Association.   A Piece of My Heart was a finalist for The Susan Blackburn Prize and the winner of The Barbara Deming Prize for Women Playwrights and The Kittredge Foundation Award.

NOTE: This production contains adult language and situations, and is intended for mature audiences.

 

 

2017

 

REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT

By Rod Serling

Directed by Tom Amen

March 10-19, 2017

 

Rod Serling’s Tony Award winning study of an aging boxer on the ropes comes to life in this stark, powerful, and ultimately heartbreaking drama. Set in the 1950’s in New York City, Requiem for a Heavyweight pulls no punches in exposing the dark underbelly of our great American bloodsport.

Ravaged by years of battle in the ring, Mountain McClintock must now fight to hold onto the only thing he has left: his self-respect. But his predatory manager, Maish Resnick, has other ideas. Deep in hock to loan sharks and unwilling to allow his meal-ticket to walk away after fourteen years and 111 fights, Maish is determined to find another way to exploit Mountain’s unquestioning loyalty and trust. For Maish, it’s simply a matter of paying his debts and saving his own neck. For Mountain the stakes are much higher; it’s a matter of preserving his human dignity and saving his very soul.

Brutal yet tender, seedy yet sensitive, Requiem for a Heavyweight packs one hell of an emotional wallop!

NOTE: This production contains adult language and situations, and is intended for mature audiences.

 

 

HAIRSPRAY, The Broadway Musical

Directed and Choreographed by Martie Ramm

April 28 – May 7, 2017

 

Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Hairspray is a family-friendly musical event piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one desire — to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden teen celebrity and must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network — all without denting her ‘do! You can’t stop the beat in this big and bold musical about one girl’s inspiring dream to dance.

 

 

Stage West Play Series

 

THE SHAPE OF THINGS

By Neil Labute

Directed by Rory Cowan

October 28-30

Stage West Theater

 

Can we forgive transgressions committed in the name of love? Of art? How far is too far? Neil Labute’s provocative play, The Shape of Things explores the dark undercurrents swarming below the surface of human interaction. What begins as a romantic, idealized ‘boy meets girl’ story ultimately evolves into a chilling exploration of human nature at its most sociopathic and destructive. Invoking the Bible, classical mythology, art theory, literature, and the conventions of dramatized romance, this play functions powerfully on several levels. Labute’s terrain is the battleground of the sexes, where the sincere desire for love conflicts with insecurity, vanity, and the viciousness of self-interest. The play concludes with an emotionally brutal ‘twist’ ending that is… twisted. Join us for what promises to be an unforgettable experience as we present one of the 21st centuries great plays by one of its most celebrated playwrights.

NOTE: This production contains adult language and situations, and is intended for mature audiences.

 

DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD

By Bert V. Royal

Director to be announced

April 7 -9, 2017

Stage West Theater

 

Good Grief! When CB’s dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. A chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group’s bullying, offers CB peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead is a haunting, hopeful and shockingly funny play.

NOTE: This production contains adult language and situations, and is intended for mature audiences.

 

 

For additional information on the Golden West College Theater Arts department and their current season of plays and musicals, visit www.gwctheater.com.