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"Waiting for Godot"

Flynn Center presents

EVENT CANCELLED & REPLACED WITH

Provocative Presentation / Film Showing
"Waiting for Godot"

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  • Saturday, February 5, 2011, 8:00 PM

FREE & open to public

We regret to inform you that the February 5 performance of “Waiting for Godot” is cancelled. The director, Christopher McElroen, was denied the rights to the work by Beckett’s estate in the last two weeks after having received these rights for the tour last year. We will be issuing refunds to all ticket buyers.

However, we want to invite you to the Flynn on the same evening to a provocative presentation by director McElroen, who is still committed to this project. McElroen will show a film of one of the site-specific performances of “Waiting for Godot” which was staged in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans. He will discuss the original production, the importance of staging it in New Orleans, and political activism, as well as the difficulty in getting the rights to the work. In addition, the actor who portrayed Gogo in Godot, J. Kyle Manzay, will be on hand to talk about his experiences. This new event will take place on the MainStage, utilizing the Flynn’s new stage-to-ceiling movie screen. This event is free and open to the public on Saturday, February 5 at 8 pm; no tickets are required. Please note that this new event is general admission; you will not have specific seats.

The acting master class in the Grotowski technique will still be held on Saturday, February 5 at 1 pm in the Chase Dance studio at the Flynn Center. The class will last two hours and the cost is $25. To register Click Here or call the FlynnArts Coordinator at 802-652-4548, ext. 4.

We apologize for the cancellation and hope you’ll join us for this free special event on February 5, where the spirit of “Waiting for Godot” will come alive on the Flynn MainStage.


ORIGINAL PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION:
In May 2006, Christopher McElroen staged a production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, which, inspired by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, was set on a rooftop amidst a 30-foot swimming pool. A year later, he revisited the play in an effort to reach out into the devastated post-Katrina community of New Orleans and staged free site-specific performances in what was named “one of the top ten cultural events of 2007” by the New York Times. Fusing Beckett’s words with the rapid rhythms of hip-hop lyrics and the speech patterns of African-Americans in New Orleans, McElroen’s inspired production gives a powerful immediacy to a classic that has often been called the most significant English language play of the 20th century. This acclaimed production fully realizes the agony of waiting while simultaneously celebrating the irrepressibility of humanity, imagination, and the humor of man.

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Waiting for Godot is funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies, by the National Endowment for the Arts: Access to Artistic Excellence initiative; and by Andrea's Legacy Fund, used to protect and maintain the Flynn's performing arts and education programs.

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