The title tells the tale: waiting is the central idea of the modern classic, first performed in 1953. Helping to sweeten the experience, Irish writer Beckett (1906-1989) called for baggy-pants clowns to be the main characters inhabiting the play's arid landscape, where a barren tree stands along a country road.
Anthony Page (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) directs Tony winner Nathan Lane (The Producers) as Estragon and Tony winner Bill Irwin (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) as Vladimir, who have instructions to wait for a mysterious character named Godot.
Waiting for Godot will open April 30 at Studio 54 on Broadway, 254 West 54th Street. This is a limited engagement.
The Godot design team includes Santo Loquasto (sets), Jane Greenwood (costumes) and Peter Kaczorowski (lights). Waiting for Godot, according to Roundabout, "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."
Beckett's plays include Happy Days, Krapp's Last Tape and Endgame, among others.
Through ACCESS Roundabout, 100 tickets will be available for the first preview performance (April 3) for only $10 each.
Tickets are available at www.roundabouttheatre.org, by phone at (212) 719-1300 or at the Studio 54 theatre box office (254 West 54th Street). Ticket prices range from $36.50-$116.50.
For more information visit roundabouttheatre.org.