Waiting for Godot
By Samuel Beckett
Directed by George Mount
Performed in the Falls Theatre at ACT Theatre
September 4–21, 2014
A lonely tree at the junction of a dirt road, on a day indistinguishable from any other day, two vagabond souls anxiously wait for their appointed meeting. They bicker, wheedle, tease, ponder, wonder and hold fast to anything that will give them a cause to live until the next day. Samuel Beckett introduced us to Vladimir and Estragon when the world lived in fear of nuclear annihilation. Since then these two clowns, as well as their fellow travelers Pozzo and Lucky, have helped us take one falteringly dangerous step after another into an unknown future.
Design Team: Craig Wollam (Scenic Designer), Doris Black (Costume Designer), Roberta Russell (Lighting Designer), Robertson Witmer (Sound Designer), Marleigh Driscoll (Properties Designer), Victoria Thompson (Stage Manager)
Cast (in alphabetical order): Chris Ensweiler (Pozzo), Jim Hamerlinck (Lucky), Darragh Kennan (Estragon), Todd Jefferson Moore (Vladimir), Alex Silva (Boy)
Two friends, Vladimir (Didi) and Estragon (Gogo), meet near a tree. They talk and it is revealed that they are there meeting someone named Godot. Didi and Gogo try to amuse themselves to pass the time, bantering, bickering, trying to recall old jokes. Gogo often wants to leave, but Didi always says they must wait for Godot.
Their conversation is interrupted by Pozzo, a merchant, and his silent servant, Lucky. Pozzo talks to Didi and Gogo about his travels while he eats lunch, which is torture for the hungry Gogo. Wanting to entertain his new friends, Pozzo commands Lucky to dance, which Lucky does awkwardly. Pozzo then tells Lucky to think. Lucky begins to speak, but his words quickly turn into mindless nonsense. He is only interrupted wheh Didi removes Lucky’s hat. Pozzo and Lucky leave, as Didi and Gogo wonder if they have met them before.
A boy comes in with a message from Godot saying that he will come tomorrow. Didi and Gogo resolve to leave the tree and find shelter, yet make no attempt to do so.
The next day, Didi and Gogo are at the same spot. Gogo says he slept in a ditch and was beaten, yet seems to be uninjured. Didi tries to talk to Gogo about the previous day’s events, but he can’t recall them at first. As they wait for Godot, they play games and even pretend to be Pozzo and Lucky.
Pozzo and Lucky appear. Pozzo is blind and cannot remember meeting them yesterday. His arrogance is gone, and he seems to be in utter despair. Lucky eventually leads him away, and Gogo goes to sleep. The same boy from the day before enters and informs Didi that Godot will not come today but will tomorrow. Desperate, Didi begs the boy for more, but the boy has no memory of talking to him before. He exits, and Didi and Gogo sit at the tree to wait. They mull over the idea of killing themselves and resolve to bring some rope tomorrow in case Godot doesn’t appear. They keep on waiting.
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