Theatre company to present 'Waiting for Godot'

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2006-09-01
Huntington, Ind.—The Huntington University Theatre Company will present “Waiting for Godot” on Sept. 14, 15 and 16.

On Broadway, the New York World-Telegram describes this classic of modern theatre: “Godot cannot be compared to any other theater work because its purpose is so different. Two dilapidated bums fill their days as painlessly as they can. They wait for Godot, a personage who will explain their interminable insignificance or put an end to it. They are resourceful, with quarrels and their dependence on each other, as children are. They pass the time ‘which would have passed anyway.’ A brutal man of means comes by, leading a weakling slave who does his bidding like a mechanical doll. Later on he comes back, blind, and his slave is mute, but the relationship is unchanged. Every day a child comes from the unknown Godot, and evasively puts the big arrival off until tomorrow…It is a tragic view. Yet, in performance, most of it is brilliant, bitter comedy…It is a portrait of the dogged resilience of a man's spirit in the face of little hope.”

Originally written for an all-male cast, the Huntington University production of “Waiting for Godot” includes three women. Prof. Mike Burnett, director, has worked with contemporaries of Samuel Beckett, the author of the play.

Show times will be 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 15, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 16. All presentations will be featured in the Studio Theatre of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. Ticket prices are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and students, $9 for Huntington University faculty and staff, $6 for children 13 and younger, and $5 for Huntington University students.

For ticket reservations or more information, call the Merillat Centre for the Arts box office at (260) 359-4261 or log on to www.huntington.edu/mca.

For photos of the cast and crew, log on to http://www.huntington.edu/news/0607/waiting-for-godot-cast-and-crew.htm.

The cast of “Waiting for Godot” includes the following:

“Vladimir” – Deanna Repic, a sophomore theatre performance major from Aliquippa, Penn.

“Estragon” – Kylie Edmonds, a senior theatre performance major from Bourbon, Ind.

“Pozzo” – Rebekah Posegate, a sophomore theatre education major from Lake Villa, Ill.

“Lucky” – Matt Schownir, a sophomore history major from Huntington, Ind.

“Boy” – Conner Burnett, son of Mike and Ella Burnett of Huntington, Ind.

The crew includes the following:

Director/Costume Design – Prof. Mike Burnett, chairman of the Department of Theatre Arts

Movement Coach – Prof. Kristie Worfel, adjunct faculty

Scenic Design – Brad DeYoung, a junior theatre design major from Lansing, Ill.

Lighting Design – Zarin Barnes, a senior theatre design major from Peru, Ind.

Properties – Meghan McClaine, a sophomore theatre education major from Greencastle, Ind.

Stage Manager – Cara Bussis, a sophomore theatre performance major from Holland, Mich.

Assistant Stage Manager – Jennifer Miller, a senior theatre and psychology double major from Berkeley, Ill.

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Media personnel interested in taking photos of a rehearsal of “Waiting for Godot” are welcome to do so at the following dates and times:

Monday, September 4, 2006 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, September 5, 2006, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Wednesday, September 6, 2006, from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Thursday, September 7, 2006, from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Friday, September 8, 2006 from 4 to 7 p.m.

*Please call or e-mail Prof. Mike Burnett in advance to guarantee that the cast is in costume. His phone number is (260) 359-4279 and his e-mail address is mburnett@huntington.edu.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
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