“We all are born mad. Some remain so,” wrote Samuel Beckett in “Waiting for Godot.”The Glacity Theatre Collective will present Beckett’s existential tragicomedy three weekends in June in Studio A at the Valentine Theatre, 410 Adams St.
The subject of intense debate and conjecture over the years, “Waiting for Godot” has never lacked for interpretations, according to Glacity Theatre Collective Executive Director Holly Monsos, UT associate professor and chair of theatre and film.
“It has been performed in South Africa with mixed race actors during apartheid, in prisons, in churches, on Broadway with Steve Martin and Robin Williams, and in small black box theatres, like our own Studio A,” she said. “It has been seen as an allegory for the Cold War, a reflection of [Carl] Jung’s four archetypal personalities, a Christian parable, and a metaphor for the relationship between Ireland and England, to cite just a few approaches.
“Glacity’s intimate performance space makes this the perfect opportunity to see one of the most acclaimed and controversial plays in Western literature,” Monsos said.
Glacity Theatre Collective actors Kevin Hayes and Dr. Ben Pryor, UT assistant vice provost for learning ventures and associate professor and chair of philosophy, play Vladimir and Estragon, and Dave DeChristopher, UT instructor of theatre and film, plays Pozzo, and Kevin Barron plays Lucky. The Boy will be played by Zachary Safadi.
The production team includes Glacity Theatre Collective Artistic Director Cornel Gabara as director, set design by James S. Hill, and lighting by Donald Robert Fox, all three of whom are faculty members in the UT Department of Theatre and Film. Dan Norton, a senior majoring in theatre at the University, is the production stage manager.
“Waiting for Godot” will open at 8 p.m. Friday, June 11, in Studio A at the Valentine Theatre. It continues with 8 p.m. performances Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13, and Friday through Sunday, June 18-20, and Friday and Saturday, June 25 and 26.
Doors will open one half hour prior to curtain. Studio A features club-style seating and a cash bar for patrons.
Ticket prices are $20 and are available in person at the Valentine Theatre Box Office, online at www.valentinetheatre.com/boxoffice.html or by phone at 419.242.2787.
The Sunday performances June 13 and 20 will be “pay what you can” shows, and tickets will be available at the door only.
For more information, go to www.glacity.org.