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Waiting for Godot

by Samuel Beckett

directed by Gabor Tompa

March 7 - 18

Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

About the Play

Waiting for Godot is an absurdist play by Samuel Beckett, in which two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait endlessly and in vain for the arrival of someone named Godot. Godot's absence, as well as numerous other aspects of the play, have led to many interpretations since the play's 1953 premiere. Waiting for Godot is Beckett's translation of his own original French version, En attendant Godot, and is subtitled (in English only) "a tragicomedy in two acts". The original French text was composed between 9 October 1948 and 29 January 1949. The première was on 5 January 1953 in the Théâtre de Babylone, Paris. The English language version was premiered in London in 1955; this version was voted "the most significant English language play of the 20th century." (wikipedia.com)
About the Playwright
Samuel Beckett was a French-Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who lived in Paris for most of his adult life and wrote in both English and French. He is widely regarded as among the most influential writers of the 20th century. Beckett's work offers a bleak, tragicomic outlook on human existence, often coupled with black comedy and gallows humour, and became increasingly minimalist in his later career. He is considered one of the last modernist writers, and one of the key figures in what Martin Esslin called the "Theatre of the Absurd". Beckett was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature. (wikipedia.com)
About the Director

Gabor Tompa received his training at the Theatre and Film Academy in Bucharest, Romania and began working as a professional director in 1981. Since then, he has directed more than 100 productions worldwide including plays by Shakespeare, Moliere, Chekhov, Beckett, Bulgakhov, Büchner, Camus and Ionesco. In 1990 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Hungarian Theatre in Cluj, Romania , a post he has held up to the present time. He served as Head of Directing at the Theatre Academy in Tirgu Mures , Romania and has been a guest teacher at the State University of Cluj, Academie Theatrale de L’Union, Limoges, Schauspielschule Freiburg, Brunel University , London, National University of Seoul and Institut del Teatre Barcelona . Professor Tompa is the recipient of many awards (four times Best Director of the Year in Romania , Best Foreign Performance of the Year in England etc.) and has received widespread recognition in Europe for his physically adventurous and conceptually audacious productions of classic plays. He is directing worldwide including France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Austria, Hungary, Ireland, Canada, South Korea, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Serbia. He received the 2002 UNITER Award for Excellence for the many achievements of his career. His film, “Chinese Defense,” won the Best First Feature Award at the International Film Festival in Salerno, Italy in 1999 and has been officially selected for the 1999 Berlin Festival. Four times Best Director of the Year, he received the Best Performance of the Year Award in 2009 for Three Sisters and his production of Born for Never has been voted as Critics’ Choice no. 1 in the 2009 Festival of Avignon. Mr. Tompa is also the author of several volumes of poetry and essays on the theatre.His book, Label Curtain, has been published in English by Bookart and has been presented at the BookExpo America in New York, 2015. Mr. Tompa served as Head of Directing in the department between 2007-2015 and continues to teach both graduate and undergraduate classes in History of Directing and Directing.

Director's Statement

coming soon

The Cast

Estragon – Volen Iliev
Vlademire – Sean McIntyre
Pozzo – Terrance White
Lucky – Andrew Gallop

The Creative Team

Director – Gabor Tompa
Scenic Designer – Justin Humphres
Lighting Designer – Brandon Rosen
Costume Designer – Brooke Rector
Sound Designer – Steven Leffue
Production Stage Manager – Ashley Martin
Asst. Stage Managers – Tyler Larson

Performances Parking & Location

Located at: Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays


Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.








Mar. 7

Mar. 9

Mar. 10

Mar. 11

Mar. 11

Mar. 16

Mar. 17

Mar. 18
7:00 pm     PREVIEW

7:00 pm     PREVIEW

7:30 pm     OPENING

2:00 pm

7:30 pm  

7:30 pm  

7:30 pm  

7:30 pm     CLOSING

Advance tickets for this production are available Tuesday-Friday, noon to 6 pm by calling the Box Office at 858.534.4574 or in person at the Theatre District’s Central Box Office at the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre.

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office at Mandell Weiss Theatre.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association, and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

Please note: No late seating; no refunds.

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