Waiting for Godot
Waiting for Godot deals with a godless world, devoid of meaning and - especially - of hope. Samuel Beckett wrote the play in 1949, several years after the Second World War, and in it he expressed an existential anxiety of a world on the verge of collapse. That age reminds director Ilan Ronen of the present: “The play is being presented now in a time where the whole world is in an irrational logic system,” says Ronen. “There’s a sense of great absurdity and confusion. People are walking around with the feeling that everything could fall apart overnight.”
The synopsys plays out during two days. On a mound on the side of a desolate road, two vagrants - Estragon and Vladimir - are waiting for Godot. They don’t remember their past, don’t know whether they’ve waited for Godot before in this place, and argue among themselves whether he’ll eventually show up or not, or whether it would be better to commit suicide. Master Pozzo also arrives at the scene with his servant Lucky, tied to him on a leash. When they leave, following a muddled speech by Pozzo and a pathetic dance by Lucky, the drifters remain in their boredom. When the day ends a boy shows up and announces that Godot will not be coming today, but promises he will arrive tomorrow.
The second day is almost identical to the previous one, except Pozzo has become blind and Lucky turned mute: Vladimir and Estragon are still waiting for Godot. At the end of this day, once more, Godot’s messenger arrives to announce that he will not arrive today, but tomorrow.
This is the third time Ronen directs Beckett’s play. The first production was for the Haifa Theater in 1984, with Makram Khoury as Estragon, Yussuf Abu-Warda as Vladimir, Ilan Toren as Pozzo and Doron Tavori as Lucky. the performance, whose theatrical perception was political and was performed in Hebrew and Arabic, was highly acclaimed and was showcased in Manchester Festival in 1994. The second production was for the Habima Theater in 2002.
Translated to Arabic and Hebrew:
May 7,8, 20:30 / May 26 21:00
approx. 75 minutes