Waiting for Godot

Samuel Beckett

A Staged Reading

The Arts Council

300-G E. Main St.

Carrboro, NC, 27510

August 10th, 11th, and 12th, 2017

Cast and Crew

Director.........................................................Matthew Sampson

Assistant Director.........................................Jackson Gemborys

Stage Manager....................................................Rachel Emrick

Assistant Stage Manager......................................Cathy Emrick

Costume Designer....................................................Julia Haws

Lighting Design..................................Tom Bodo, Emerson Huitt

Set Design...........................................................Jennie Alwood

Poster Design..............................................................Jack Ford

Producer...................................................................Leo Egger

Estragon.............................................................Emerson Beyer

Vladimir..................................................................Antony Grow

Pozzo.........................................................................Omari Akil

Lucky.......................................................................Will Brinson

Boy............................................................................J.J. Wilcox

Special thanks to

The American Dance Festival, The ArtsCenter, Spenser Bowles,The Egger Family, The Emrick Family, Shayne Legassie, Wayne Leonard, Carl Martin, Claire McCune, Jenks Miller, Julia Pleasants, The Sampson Family, The Wilcox Family, Kathy McCullen, Susan Haws, Nancy Brown, Red Mill Landscape and Nursery, and Gavin Whitehead.

Director Notes

For the Eno River Players' third production, we've decided to take a modern classic, Samuel Beckett's avant-garde "tragicomedy" Waiting for Godot, and present it as a staged reading as a part of our new Summer Lab series. By presenting Godot as a staged reading rather than a traditional production, we hope to tear down the barriers between the actors and the audience to experience Beckett's masterpiece with fresh eyes.

 

Waiting for Godot has stirred controversy since its 1953 premier in Paris, ranging from high praise to outrage. Tonight, we're encouraging you, the audience, to let your voices be heard - literally - in real time with the actors. Our stage managers will be on stage holding cue cards you can use as prompts to show the actors some love (or disdain). Feel free to shout out answers to Vladimir and Estragon's questions. Give a round of applause when character shows off his dancing skills. We ask that you don't come on stage with the actors and to keep the comments from the peanut gallery at a PG rating. Other than that, it's fair game.

 

With the possible exception of Shakespeare, no playwright besides Beckett has fully explored how tragedy and comedy complement each other in such a cosmic way. Waiting for Godot shines on light on the sheer absurdity of human existence, and invites the audience quite directly to share in the characters' misfortunes. As you read this, you're waiting for the play to begin. Soon you'll be waiting for it to be over. Then you'll be waiting for tomorrow. As Estragon says, "Such is life."

 

-Matthew Sampson, Director

© Photography by Mariah Lefebvre Clayton - www.moriahlefebvre.com

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