Students Julia Delois, left, as Estragon and Duncan Becker as Vladimir await Godot, a character who never appears in the play staged by the Tulane Department of Theatre and Dance. (Photo by Arynne S. Fannin)
The Tulane University Department of Theatre and Dance
continues its acclaimed season with Samuel Beckett’s modern classic, Waiting for Godot
, which runs Nov. 12 – 17. Jessica Podewell, an adjunct assistant professor who teaches acting, is directing what The New York Times
called the “greatest of 20th century plays.”
Julia Delois plays Estragon and Duncan Becker plays Vladimir, who wait endlessly for the arrival of someone named Godot, a character who never appears in the play. Delois is a senior theater and sociology major from Concord, N.H., and Becker is a Tulane junior studying theater and mathematics from Jackson, Miss.
The production also features guest artist Luis Galindo, visiting associate professor Sara Valentine, Tricia Anderson, Veronica Bird and Jesse Friedman.
Podewell says of the play, “There is an old saying: ‘Waiting for Godot
is a play in which nothing happens. Twice.’ I tend to disagree. A great deal happens. People attempt suicide, cry, laugh, loose valuable items, go blind — all while waiting. It may not have all the excitement of a Stephen King novel, but things do happen. Just like your life.”
At its most elemental, the play is about waiting — a common experience that unites human beings.
“This play can feel very distant, very frozen if looked at through the wrong lens,” Podewell says. “This play is not about ‘them’— it is about us. Sure, it looks bleaker (hopefully) than the average college student’s life, but in simplest terms this play is about waiting. It’s something that every single person does every single day, sometimes for weeks, months, years at a time. We are waiting our lives away. Some say ‘wasting.’ Beckett is asking: Is there a difference?”
The play opens on Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. in the Lupin Theater stage in the Dixon Hall Annex on the Tulane University uptown campus. General admission tickets are $12, with $9 tickets for members of the Tulane University community and $8 tickets for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the Lupin Theater box office