Event Information
Barrow Street Theatre Presents
Samuel Beckett's WAITING FOR GODOT
Thursday, September 04, 2014 through Sunday, September 21, 2014

Somewhat astonishingly, one of the most enigmatic plays of the 20th century -- Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" -- is now making total sense. In Yiddish.

Length: 2 hrs 5 mins
Intermission: Yes
Seating: Assigned by SmartTix
Seat assignments are assigned by SmartTix, based on the best seat at the time the order is completed.

Direct from the Beckett Festival in Northern Ireland...New Yiddish Rep's groundbreaking production returns to New York as part of the 2014 Origin's 1st Irish Festival. 12 performances only!

If this production doesn’t render the play in its true language of origin (as some have claimed), the production does, with haunting resonance, return “Godot” to the historical context of post WW II Europe in which Beckett was writing, in effect tracing it to its elemental moral and social roots. Beckett, a member of the French Resistance, wrote the play in French in ’48-’49.

"Audacious... a revelation!" - The Forward

“A production of zeal and intelligence! Hilarious and merciless! Essentially it’s perfect Beckett.” - The New Yorker

Director Moshe Yassur, a veteran of both the Yiddish and modern theatre, notes that this production “is particularly Jewish, the characters are Holocaust survivors, they are facing the unimaginable, and they are waiting for answers that may not come. Yiddish, the language of laughter and tears, captures this sound, this feeling like no other language.”

The authorized translation is by Shane Baker, a leading expert on Yiddish vaudeville and theatre who is an Episcopalian from Kansas City. Go figure. Joining the production’s distinguished multilingual and multi-ethnic New York cast as Pozzo is Allen Lewis Rickman (Coen Brothers’s “A Serious Man” and television’s "Boardwalk Empire"). Returning cast members include Rafael Goldwaser, who runs Théatre en l’Air in Strasbourg, France, as Lucky, and, as the hapless hobos Shane Baker, as Vladimir, and New Yiddish Rep’s artistic director David Mandelbaum, as Estragon. The 10-year-old Nicholas Jenkins, as the boy, also continues with the production.

Presented in Yiddish with English supertitles.

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