Theatre Department Presents “Waiting for Godot”

Truman’s Theatre Department will present “Waiting for Godot” at 8 p.m. March 31-April 2 in the Black Box Theatre.

Widely regarded as one of the most powerful pieces of post-World War II theatre, Samuel Becket’s classic absurdist play features two men, Vladimir and Estragon, who wait near a tree in an otherwise barren landscape for a man named Godot. Vladimir and Estragon pass the time in a variety of comical and sometimes nonsensical ways, and receive a distraction in the form of a man named Pozzo and his downtrodden slave, Lucky, whose “talent” for “dancing” and “thinking” offer some of the most famous comic scenes and non-sequitors of this iconic text.

This production is one of two lab shows offered each year that are completely student produced, designed, directed, managed and acted. “Waiting for Godot” features a design team that includes light design by Tim Walters, sound design by Gabe Stringer, hair and makeup design by Lexi Diaz, costume design by Blaine Shepherd, set design by Eva Trunzo, and Nick Huber as technical director. Senior Tom Martin directs the production.

Performances of “Waiting for Godot” will run from March 31 through April 2. Tickets are free and can be reserved in advance at the Ophelia Parrish Box Office beginning March 29, or by calling 660.785.4515. Accommodations for audience members may also be made for March 30, a final dress rehearsal and preview night.

For more information, contact Kelsey Smugala.  

Meet the Cast

Jacque Bischoff, a freshman theater major with a double minor in business and French, will play the role of Pozzo. She has been seen on Truman’s stage in the fall 2015 One Act Festival and was part of the props crew for “Crimes of the Heart.”

Sif Fister, a freshman theatre major with a minor in psychology, will take on the role of Lucky. Sif has been seen on Truman’s stage in the student-directed one-act “Naomi in the Living Room,” as well as the Ghost in Truman Theatre’s recent production of “Hamlet.”

Nick Huber
, a junior theatre major, will take on the role of Vladimir. He has been seen on Truman’s stage in the spring 2014 One Act Festival. He has also worked backstage as a member of deck crew for “The Nether” and as assistant technical director in last semester’s lab show, “Bug.”

Francis Kemper
, a junior theatre major, will play the role of Estragon. Francis has been seen in main stage productions “The Nether,” “Translations,” “Eurydice” and “Twelfth Night,” as well as the lab show “Cock.”

Ana Luz Zerpa-Pita, a freshman theatre major, will play the Boy. This is her first production with the Truman Theatre Department.

Tom Martin
, a senior theatre and English major, directs the show. He has appeared onstage most recently at Truman as Owen in “Translations,” Underling in “The Drowsy Chaperone” and Dr. Madden in “Next to Normal.” He also directed “Naomi in the Living Room” as part of the fall 2015 One Act Festival.

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