Express Arts Editor
God, death, sensual affirmation of existence, meaning, love, salvation.
What do we seek in life? In other words, what are we waiting for?
the central question lurking in the linguistically rich drama by Samuel
Beckett’s "Waiting for Godot."
of Fools will stage this unique play—a play that falls somewhere among
theater of the absurd, existentialism and vaudevillian stage play—Thursday,
Oct. 10 through Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey. This
is a Back Alley Production by COF, which means the audience is actually
seated on stage and the players take over the rest of the theatre. Rusty
Wilson is directing the challenging play. He commented on his approach
to this 20th century classic in an interview last week.
the play has one of the simplest plots imaginable. Two men, Vladimir and
Estragon, meet near a tree along a dirt road and converse. It becomes
apparent both men are waiting for a man named Godot. Later, another man,
Pozzo, enters with his slave, Lucky. Lucky entertains the men with his
dancing. Soon a boy enters to tell Vladimir and Estragon that Godot is
not coming. A similar event plays out in the second act.
"Waiting for Godot" opened on Jan.5, 1953, at the Theatre de
Babylone, critics termed the show "the strange little play in which
has changed the venue to a deserted vaudeville theatre. He has also
inserted a 50-year time gap between the first and second act. He has
cast Andrew Alburger, Paul Bauman, Anthony Henderson, Richard Rush and
Manny Santiago in the drama. Laine Satterfield is the assistant
described the play as the "richest multi-layered play I’ve ever
encountered. (Beckett’s) language has difficult demands. It demands a
clarity. It’s this big puzzle. We’re working hard to make a clear
context for it, to find clarity throughout the play. The language is so
rich, you want everything focused."
action isn’t focused, it takes away from the language, he added.
Wilson has staged the play, the audience of 52 sits on raised seats
where the stage would normally be. They will face the rest of the
theater, which the cast and crew are transforming into a deserted
vaudeville house. The actors will use all of the theater.
will be a very close and intimate production—the relationship between
player and audience will be different," Wilson promised.
will run Thursdays through Sundays from Oct. 10 through Nov. 3.
Performances will be at 8 p.m., except for the Sunday matinees, which
will be at 3 p.m. After the matinee performances, there will be an
audience-player encounter. The audience will be asked to stay for coffee
and dessert and engage in conversation with the artists.
for the production are $20 for reserved seating; seniors and students
pay $15. Tickets can be charged by phone at 578-9122, online at
www.ticketweb.com, or by stopping by the Fools’ box office at 409 Main
Street in Hailey (above the Roark Law Firm).