Waiting for Godot in Production
Making the Invisible Visible.
The struggle that people of faith have with Beckett’s Waiting for Godot is its nihilistic context. The play seems to undergird the claim that God is distant to humanity, perhaps even nonexistent. So, for our production of this iconic show, produced at Gardner-Webb University in 2009, we attempted to make the invisible visible. To do so, we created the world of the play as a single cutout of earth. This small patch of ground was then held up by a giant hand. In framing the action of the play in this way, a new theme emerged suggesting that God is always present, even when he is not seen, understood, or recognized. As the scriptures would suggest, it is in God that we “live and move and have our being.” In the words of Erasmus, the Dutch philosopher & scholar of the Renaissance, “Bidden or unbidden, God is present.”
The photographs speak for themselves. We were also pleased when our production won a number of awards at our regional play contest (the Metrolina Theatre Association’s annual play contest). Among the awards were Best Lighting (Caleb Moore) and Best Scene Design (Christopher Keene).
About the Production
The show was directed by Prof. Lahaie and designed by Prof. Christopher Keene. The lighting design was by Caleb Moore, and the costumes were designed by Erin Mann. The four-person cast included:
- Brian McGill as Estragon
- Matthew Fraiser as Vladimir
- Caleb Moore as Lucky
- Brad Archer as Pozzo