We are excited to announce that this show is being produced by the student-led Drama Association and directed by Cacey Williams for her SIP. She will be looking at this play in much more depth than she would if it were merely for a class; this project jumpstarts her thinking and working in a more professional and formal way. For those who have seen recent shows by Covenant College Theatre Department, most of the actors who appear in “Waiting for Godot” will be familiar faces.
An absurdist comedy, “Waiting for Godot” is a play in two acts written by Samuel Beckett in 1952. This will be the second play in Covenant College Theatre’s fall 2015 season.
“Waiting for Godot’ is about two men, Vladimir and Estragon, who are, as the title suggests, perpetually waiting for Godot. They seem to talk about nothing and yet everything at the same time as they try to fend off the boredom while waiting. “Waiting for Godot” has a slower tempo, but it does a wonderful job of keeping the audience engaged. Though it has lighter moments, the play wrestles with ideas of depression, existential emptiness, and why we are here.
“We all know it. We’ve all done it. To wait, or not to wait. That is the question. Or is the question, what do we do while we wait?” said director Cacey Williams, describing the show. “Beckett wrote about the frustrating, comedic, playful, angry, and empty effects of man’s waiting, while he himself was living through the effects of WWII. His examination of the subject is timeless. It’s a simple truth: While man lives, he waits. So what is it that we do while we wait? And what exactly are we waiting for?”
Williams went on to explain her thought process for choosing this play as her SIP. “When I was told to pick a project that encompassed my time as an undergraduate, a play about waiting really made sense to me,” she said. “I’ve read this play several times over the last ten years but it has never resonated so strongly with me before. It’s been liberating to wrestle with the ideas that I have been feeling for so long, and I hope that people can give themselves the freedom to wrestle with them, too.”
“Waiting for Godot” will preview on Nov. 12, at 8:00 p.m. Performances will run Nov. 13 and 14 at 8:00 p.m., and the next weekend, Nov. 20 at 8:00 p.m. and Nov. 21 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets will be $5 for students, staff, and seniors, and $7 for adults. To reserve tickets or for more information, call the box office at 706.419.1051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.