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Friday, September 06, 2013

Waiting for Godot -- Well, Shall We Go?

Samuel Beckett's classic tragicomedy, Waiting for Godot, finally arrives at The Haymarket Theatre as the Flatwater Shakespeare Company joins forces with the Crooked Codpiece Company. 
Directed by Bob Hall, Waiting for Godot will run September 26 through October 6, at The Haymarket Theatre, 803 “Q” Street, in Lincoln. Show dates and times are Thursday through Saturday, September 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 29 at 2 p.m.; followed by Thursday through Saturday, October 3–5 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 General, $10 Students and Seniors.  Call 402-473-2897 for reservations.

Waiting for Godot has been described as Laurel and Hardy in Search of the Meaning of Life. Beckett's main characters, Estragon and Vladimir, are vagabonds in the tradition of Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp. Having received a series of vague messages from the mysterious Mr. Godot, the tramps await his long-delayed appearance.  As they wait, they encounter a master and slave, Pozzo and Lucky. Within this simple framework, playwright Beckett brings together vaudeville routines, philosophical inquiry, silent film comedy, the history of drama, dirty jokes, and human longing. Digging deep into the absurdity of existence, “Godot” is one of the most profound comedies of our time.

The creative team for this production brings together talents uniquely suited to the show. Flatwater Shakespeare founder Bob Hall directs with a keen sense of both the comic and the tragic dimensions of Beckett's script. Crooked Codpiece Company co-founders Patrick Lambrecht and Tom Crew join a long tradition of inspired clowns as Vladimir and Estragon. Richard Nielsen and Andy Dillehay, Flatwater Shakespeare favorites, appear as Pozzo and Lucky. Ben Arenz makes his Flatwater Shakespeare debut as the Boy.

Contributing to the production are Janice Stauffer and Diane Palagi, costumes; Richard Schroeder, lighting; Richard Imig, technical director; Kat Palagi, stage manager; Michelle Zinke, assistant stage manager; and Stephen Buhler, dramaturg. 

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