Waiting for Godot, with Bill Irwin, Will Not Play Seattle Rep

News   Waiting for Godot, with Bill Irwin, Will Not Play Seattle Rep
The pre-Broadway engagement of Beckett's Waiting for Godot, starring Tony Award winner Bill Irwin, has been dropped from the season line-up at the Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Waiting for Godot, according to the Rep, "was planned as a Broadway transfer that relied on the cooperation and financial support of a commercial partner. That partner decided not to go forward with a New York production of Godot and with the loss of this co-producer, plans for a Seattle to Broadway transfer were abandoned."

A spokesperson for Elizabeth McCann, who was scheduled to co-produce the Broadway mounting with Seattle Repertory Theatre and Joey Parnes, could only confirm that the Seattle Rep engagement had been canceled. A previous casting notice indicated that Tony winner Garry Hynes would direct the Broadway revival of the Samuel Beckett classic.

In its place, Seattle Rep will stage Athol Fugard's emotional drama Road to Mecca, which will run Jan. 15–Feb. 14, 2009. Leigh Silverman (Well) will direct the production starring Marya Sea Kaminski (My Name is Rachel Corrie).

Seattle Rep has also added Kevin Kling's play Breaking Hearts and Taking Names in the spring of 2009. Kling's new work, which explores "the hidden world of love, love gone right, gone wrong and everything in between," reunites NPR humorist Kling and singer-accordionist Simone Perrin, who previously presented How? How? Why? Why? Why? for Seattle audiences.

Breaking Hearts, running April 9-May 10, 2009, replaces the rock-narrative Rollick, which was canceled due to the withdrawal of one of the cast-band members who create and perform the work. Seattle Rep has also realigned its production of Harold Pinter's Betrayal in order to accommodate the run of Breaking Hearts.

The newly revised 2008-2009 season schedule for Seattle Rep follows:

Boom, Nov. 13-Dec. 14
You Can't Take It With You, Nov. 28-Jan. 3, 2009
Road to Mecca, Jan. 15-Feb. 14, 2009
Betrayal, Feb. 19-March 22, 2009
The Seafarer, Feb. 26-March 28, 2009
Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking, April 2-May 3, 2009
Breaking Hearts and Taking Names, April 9-May 10, 2009

Seattle Repertory Theatre is located at 155 Mercer Street in Seattle, WA. Season subscriptions and further information are available by calling (206) 443-2222, toll free at (877) 900-9285 or online at seattlerep.org.


Founded in 1963, Seattle Repertory Theatre was awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. With an emphasis on entertaining plays of true dramatic and literary worth, Seattle Rep produces a subscription season of plays along with educational programs, new play workshops and special presentations.

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