Waiting for Godot stars Nathan Lane and Bill Irwin are featured in New York Magazine discussing the art of performing the Samuel Beckett classic. The actors have a relaxed and witty banter with the writer, here is a sneak peek:
The production is in the old Studio 54. Did either of you go dancing here?
NL: I went once. It was a birthday party for Eddie Murphy. All I remember is that it was very dark, and I didn't feel comfortable, and at one point I walked into a table and knocked over a bottle of Champagne, and this very large man stood up, and it was like a scene from a silent film. I said, "Oh, I'm sorry," and he said, "You'll be paying for that." And so it wound up costing me a couple of hundred bucks.
BI: It confirms me in my decision not to have ever gone.
To read the New York Magazine feature click here.
Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) presents (in order of speaking) Nathan Lane (Estragon), Bill Irwin (Vladimir), John Goodman (Pozzo) and John Glover (Lucky) in a new Broadway production of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett and directed by Tony® award winner Anthony Page.
Waiting for Godot opens officially on Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th Street). This is a limited engagement through July 5th, 2009.
The cast also includes Cameron Clifford (A Boy) and Matthew Schechter (A Boy). The design team includes Santo Loquasto (Sets), Jane Greenwood (Costumes), Peter Kaczorowski (Lights) and Dan Moses Schreier (Sound).
Waiting for Godot remains Samuel Beckett's most magical and beautiful allegory. The story revolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone - or something - named Godot. Vladimir (Bill Irwin) and Estragon (Nathan Lane) wait near a tree on a barren stretch of road, inhabiting a drama spun from their own consciousness. The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes and nonsense, which has been interpreted as a somber summation of mankind's inexhaustible search for meaning.
Waiting for Godot was nominated for five Outer Critic's Circle Awards including: Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Actor in a Play (Bill Irwin & Nathan Lane) Outstanding Director of a Play (Anthony Page) and Outstanding Set Design (Santo Loquasto).
Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the Studio 54 theatre box office (254 West 54th Street). Ticket prices range from $36.50 to $116.50.
Waiting for Godot plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.