WAITING FOR GODOT
By Samuel Beckett
Directed by Tom Amen
Dates: October 7 - 16, 2016
Times: October 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 at 7:30 pm, October 9, 16 at 2:00 pm
Where: Mainstage Theater
Prices: $16 General Admission,
$14 Students and Seniors
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.