Alias Godot Gets North American Premiere April 22 in Toronto

News   Alias Godot Gets North American Premiere April 22 in Toronto Brendan Gall's Alias Godot, a new Samuel Beckett-inspired play developed at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto but premiered by an Italian company, makes its North American debut at Tarragon April 22, opening April 30.

Richard Rose directs a cast that includes Paul Braunstein, David Ferry, Tony Nappo, Alon Nashman and Geoffrey Pounsett.

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Alias Godot, by Tarragon resident playwright Gall, is billed as "a clever and comic counterpoint to Samuel Beckett's classic exploration of hope in Waiting for Godot. After a harrowing night on the beat, corrupt detective Vincent (David Ferry) and his bumbling partner Edward (Paul Braunstein) retreat to a forgotten interrogation room in a dank New York City precinct with a baffling suspect — a foreigner named Godot (Alon Nashman). As their attempts to interrogate him are thwarted by their own ineptitude and paranoia — and the surprise interruptions of Rocko (Tony Nappo) and Linus (Geoffrey Pounsett) of the hapless Domestic Terrorism Unit — Vincent and Edward slowly realize that Godot is far more unusual than they first suspected."

The creative team includes set and costume designer Teresa Przybylski, lighting designer Rebecca Picherack, sound designer Thomas Ryder Payne and stage manager Diane Konkin.

Alias Godot continues at the Tarragon Mainspace to June 1. Playwright in Residence Gall developed Alias Godot during his time in the Tarragon Playwright's Unit. The play had its world premiere, in an Italian translation, at Teatro Della Limonaia. His first play, A Quiet Place, was short listed for the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition. Single Threat Theatre, UnSpun Theatre, Convergence Theatre and Small Wooden Shoe have produced his writing and co-creations including A Quiet Place and Panhandled. He was last seen on the Tarragon stage as Rudy in Hannah Moscovitch's East of Berlin. He is making his screenwriting debut with the film "Dakota" later this spring.

Tickets for Alias Godot are available online through www.tarragontheatre.com or by calling (416) 531-1827.