Samuel Beckett’s

Waiting for Godot

January 31 - February 18, 2018

Two road-weary men arrive at a tree in the middle of nowhere to await the arrival of Godot. They cannot agree on when they were to meet him, or exactly where or why, but both know they cannot leave until they meet Godot. As unexpected visitors pass by, the men wonder how long they have been waiting and whether Godot will ever come. A tragicomedy in two acts, this humorous, disturbing, thrilling existential and absurdist masterpiece by Samuel Beckett is noted by the National Theatre in England as “the most significant English language play of the 20th century.”

A People’s Light Founding Artist and one of Philadelphia’s great theatre directors, Ken Marini makes his Quintessence debut.

Run time; 2 hours and 40 minutes

THE REVIEWS

"It’s no surprise that the current Quintessence Theatre production of “Waiting for Godot” offers such a realistic picture of life’s little cracks and deep fissures. It stars two veteran Philadelphia-based actors –Frank X and Johnnie Hobbs Jr. – who give Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece a heaping dose of poignancy."  - Howard Shapiro, WHHY

"Spoiler alert: He still doesn’t show. But little else in Quintessence Theatre Group’s simply brilliant new production of Waiting for Godot will likely conform to anyone’s preconceived notions of Samuel Beckett’s oft-revived, discussed-to-death classic. This fresh, invigorating take benefits from a much-needed dose of humanity, stripping away the archness and artifice of Beckett’s meditation on the futility of life." - Cameron Kelsall, Broad Street Review

"Is it the exceptional imagination of this production, or the scary instability of our current world? Probably both. The upshot is that Waiting for Godot, a play whose brilliance and humor I thought I knew, now seems freshly-minted in director Ken Marini’s extraordinary production at Quintessence Theatre Group. In particular, it feels more emotionally overwhelming than I’ve ever seen. ... a production that should be seen by all Philadelphia theater fans—especially those who think they know what Waiting for Godot is about. I’m betting they will feel—as I did—that they are discovering something new and deeply moving." - David Fox, Philadelphia Magazine

THE ENSEMBLE

Estragon ................................................ Frank X*

Vladimir ................................................. Johnnie Hobbs Jr.*

Lucky ..................................................... J Hernandez*

Pozzo .................................................... Gregory Isaac

a boy ..................................................... Lyam David-Kilker

THE CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by ......................................... Ken Marini

Set Design by .................................... James Pyne

Costume Design by ........................ Jane Casanave

Lighting Design by ........................... John Burkland