STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The wait is over: Sundog Theatre’s production of Samuel Becket’s absurdist play “Waiting for Godot” opens Friday, June 17, at Wagner College’s Stage One.
Directed by Mickey Tennenbaum and starring community theater veterans Jack Dabdoub and John Griffin, the two-character play runs June 17-19 and June 24-26.
The plot: Vladimir (Dabdoub) and Estragon (Griffin) wait endlessly and in vain for the arrival of someone named Godot.
“[The show] is Beckett’s commentary on mankind,” said Susan Fenley, executive director of Sundog Theatre.
The play is considered a “tragicomedy” to those who are familiar with it. “It’s tragic because people blame the world for something they could do themselves,” said Fenley.
Sundog believes that art should reflect humanity, and that is why the theatre chose to perform this play, according to Fenley.
Fenley is an adjunct at Wagner College who teaches acting. Tyler Cucciniello, who plays the character Lucky, is a Wagner alumni.
The blackbox theatre the show will be playing at speaks to the premise of the show, according to Fenley, because it makes the audience feel as though they are part of the action.
The plot of Godot’ surrounds around the idea of waiting for something to happen, instead of making it happen.
“If you could present life lessons in the guides of entertainment, it’s a win-win situation,” said Fenley.
— Sundog Theatre’s production of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” runs June 17-19 and June 24-26 at Wagner College’s One Campus Road, 631 Howard Ave. (across from main campus) in Grymes Hill. Tickets are $18-$20 at BrownPaperTickets.com.