As part of its tenth anniversary season, Tennessee Shakespeare Company presents Samuel Beckett’s iconic 20th-century play Waiting for Godot. Originally written in French as En attendant Godot and later translated by Beckett into English, the play invites the audience to join Vladimir (Didi) and Estragon (Gogo) as they wait near a lone tree for Godot, not knowing for sure whether he will arrive.
Director and TSC Artistic Director Dan McCleary notes that the current production takes inspiration from the holiday season. He explains of the play’s protagonists “Their tree was once a holiday tree. Their mound is a drop cloth-covered stage rampart. The walls have fallen away, but the moon appears when night falls, and the tree develops an usual life in Act Two. The footlights still work. And Gogo and Didi — who long ago ceased ascribing usefulness to holidays, religion, politics, entertainment, and gifts — discover, without naming it, what keeps them alive as they wait for eternity: compassion.”