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Waiting for Godot - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Waiting for Godot

Samuel Beckett

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

4m, 1boy(s)

ISBN: 9780802144423

Waiting for Godot is considered the masterpiece of existentialism, in which Samuel Beckett explores the fultility of man's hope.

The Samuel French Acting Edition is an Open University set text.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Experimental

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1950s, 1940s / WWII, 1930s, 1920s

Settings Of Play - A wasteland with a single tree. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Physical Comedy

Exterior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway, From West End

In Waiting for Godot, two wandering tramps, Vladimir and Estragon, wait by a lonely tree, to meet up with Mr. Godot, an enigmatic figure in a world where time, place and memory are blurred and meaning is where you find it. The tramps hope that Godot will change their lives for the better. Instead, two eccentric travelers arrive, one man on the end of the other's rope. The results are both funny and dangerous in this existential masterpiece. 
"It is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. But you can expect witness to the strange power this drama has to convey the impression of some melancholy truths about the hopeless destiny of the human race. " - Brooks Atkinson, NY Times

"
Although "Waiting for Godot" is a "puzzlement," as the King of Siam would express it, Mr. Beckett is no charlatan. He has strong feelings about the degradation of mankind, and he has given vent to them copiously. "Waiting for Godot" is all feeling. Perhaps that is why it is puzzling and convincing at the same time. Theatregoers can rail at it, but they cannot ignore it. For Mr. Beckett is a valid writer." - Brooks Atkinson, NY Times 

"...a witty and poetic conundrum" - Philip Hope-Wallace, The Guardian 

Waiting for Godot premiered on January 5, 1953 in the Théâtre de Babylone in Paris. The production was directed by Roger Blin, who also played the role of Pozzo.
Characters

CASTING

4m, 1boy(s)

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Male

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

VLADIMIR (DIDI) - The more responsible and mature of the two wandering tramps.
ESTRAGON (GOGO) - Seems weak and helpless, always looking for Vladimir's protection. He also has a poor memory.
POZZO - A wealthy and large passerby.
LUCKY - Pozzo's slave, who carries Pozzo's bags and stool.
BOY - A child, supposedly in the employ of Mr. Godot. 

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MUSICAL STYLE

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VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) is widely recognized as one of the greatest dramatists of the twentieth century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. Mr. Beckett is most renowned for his play Waiting for Godot which launched his career in theatre. He then went on to write numerous successful full-length plays, including Endgame in 1957, Krapp’s Last Tape in 1958, and Happy Days in ... view full profile

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