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Waiting for Godot (16+)

  • Author: Samuel BECKETT
  • Translation: Sergey GORDEEV
  • Director: Vyacheslav DOLGACHEV
  • Artistic Designer: Margarita DEMYANOVA
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The first performance: September 20, 2014

Duration of performance: 2 hours 40 minutes (with intermission)

Should Anton Pavlovich Chekhov have lived another 20 years at least, he surely would have been the author of the play “Waiting for Godot”,  seminal for XX century drama, and not Samuel Beckett, the Noble prize winner and prominent Irish playwright. In his last comedy “The Cherry Orchard” Chekhov studied the human psychology when NOTHING HAPPENS at all, when all the characters who are linked together by circumstances and who are not able to do or to change something, just wait for an ACTION. They are waiting for something to happen... And to show it, for the first time in the history of the world drama, Chekhov stretches the space between actions and let his characters to stay loose and search the direction from which an action may come. Beckett goes further and dilutes the space of his “freely floating” characters to the invisible and unknown limits.

Have you ever got lost in the forest, in the open space horizon-to-horizon? Have you ever got lost inside you, when you don't know where to go and what to wait? Then you know, that in this case is more difficult to find the directions. What happens to a human being, when this painful situation of GETTIN LOST goes almost forever? An aberration of time and space, an erasing of the memory, when you cannot reconstruct what happened to you yesterday – all this spawns phantoms, substitutions and surrogate reality. The characters caught in this trap became not only tragic, but also ridiculous from time to time. Because  there is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.