The Marin Theatre Company kicks off the second half of its 46th season with Waiting for Godot, described by the New York Times as “this greatest of 20th-century plays, and featuring two Mill Valley students.
Samuel Beckett’s modern classic runs through from January 24 - February 17, with Opening Night on Tuesday, January 29. It’s a play that artistic director Jasson Minadakis fell in love with 13 years ago.
“I am excited to be returning to Waiting for Godot,” Minadakis said. “It’s one of my favorites – if not my favorite – play. In fact, it’s a large part of the reason I fell in love with the theater. When I last directed the play in 2000, I promised myself I would return to it every decade.”
Minadakis searched for a stellar cast that includes Mark Bedard who caught his eye while performing Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, along with popular Bay Area actors James Carpenter and Mark Anderson Phillips; Cirque du Soliel and Ringling Bros. clown Ben Johnson; and two Mill Valley students – Lucas Meyers, a seventh grader at Mill Valley Middle School, and Sam Novick, a San Rafael resident and eighth grader at Greenwood School.
Marin Theatre Company synopsis:
The play follows Didi and Gogo as they dally by the side of the road. They are expecting the imminent arrival of another man. They’ve asked this man for nothing very definite, but eagerly anticipate his reply. And though they admit that they do not know him well and won’t even recognize him when they see him, they wait. They wait for Godot.
Waiting for Godot was originally written by French playwright Samuel Beckett in the late 1940’s. It premiered in 1953 at the Théâtre de Babylone in Paris and an abridged version was broadcast over the radio. The English version of the play, which Beckett translated himself, premiered in 1955 in London, followed by the US premiere in January 1956 at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Florida. It hit Broadway in April of that same year. Over the past 60 years, it remains “a witty and poetic conundrum” (The Guardian) and “something that will securely lodge in a corner of your mind for as long as you live” (The Sunday Times).
IF YOU GO:
What: Waiting for Godot
Where: Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Avenue
When: January 24 – February 17; Opening Night Tuesday January 29. Previews on Thursday, January 24 – Sunday, January 27
- Performance times: Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat, 8 p.m.; Wed, 7:30 p.m. Sun, 7 p.m. 2 p.m.; Sat, February 2 and 16, 2 p.m.; Thu February 7, 1 p.m. Check marintheatre.org or call the box office at (415) 388-5208 for exact performance dates and times
Tickets: $36–$57, details below (discounts available for Seniors and those Under 30) Call 415) 388-5208 or visit the online box office.
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