Waiting for Godot: All-Star Cast in Beckett's Classic Play at The Mark Taper Forum
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I walked away from this thinking that I just saw the original bromance. I wanted to be in rehearsal with these 2 to watch them play and discover the show with each other. It was a great evening and a very well done production.
Waiting for Godot follows two days in the lives of a pair of characters, Estragon and Vladimir, whose apparent purpose in life is to wait by the side of the road for someone named Godot to arrive. This simple act, at once seemingly futile and hopeful, asks basic questions of human existence, why we are here and what is our ultimate destiny.
Alan Mandell, a Beckett scholar, has had a distinguished 75-year acting career. He is a founding member of the famed San Francisco Actor’s Workshop, and co-founder of the San Quentin Drama Workshop, which started in 1957 with a performance of Waiting for Godot inside the prison. Mandell toured Europe with productions of Godot and Endgame directed by Beckett. On Broadway, Mandell appeared in Impossible Marriage and off-Broadway in The Beard of Avon and Godot. He also toured with Twelve Angry Men (presented at the CTG/Ahmanson Theatre in the 2006-2007 season and appeared in The Cherry Orchard (Mark Taper Forum). His films include The Marrying Man, Midnight Witness, John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Shortbus, and the Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man.
Barry McGovern has been a leading figure in Irish theatre for many years and is widely regarded as one of the leading interpreters of the work of Samuel Beckett. His one-man show, I’ll Go On, drawn from the Beckett novels Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable (with Beckett’s blessing), has toured worldwide, including Lincoln Center Theater in 1988, also returning in 2008 to critical acclaim. He has performed internationally in Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Happy Days and Krapp’s Last Tape. He has also played major roles in the works of Shakespeare, Arthur Miller, Sean O’Casey, Tennessee Williams, Harold Pinter, Sam Shepard, Tom Stoppard, Stephen Sondheim and originated the role of Father Jack in Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa. Barry McGovern is appearing at the Taper with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association.