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Inaugural Performance of While Waiting presented by the Freedom Theatre, Jenin

General Programming

dateOctober 18, 2011 timeTuesday, 7:00pm EDT location Miller Theatre, Columbia University
  • School of the Arts
  • No registration necessary
  • Free and open to the public
  • First come, first seated
Event info and winged statue

Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece, Waiting for Godot, is one of the most important and challenging literary works of modernism, and as such, it is a perfect graduation project for the students of the acting school at The Freedom Theatre of the Jenin refugee camp.

Some might claim that at the core of Waiting for Godot lies a nihilistic repetition -- a representation of the meaninglessness of modern life.

Directed by Udi Aloni, this production will focus on the search for meaning, solidarity, and friendship within the repetition itself. This search within the perpetual repetition is what creates an opening in a world where friendship and devotion may seem to be impossible.

Through a kind of “weak energy,” the two clowns, Didi and Gogo, fill their endless time with an intense creativity -- an act of devotion within a place where meaning is impossible to uncover. It is this insistent search for a meaningful game that continually recreates us as human.

In a way, this production of Waiting for Godot is a reflection on the experience of the students of The Freedom Theatre after the recent murder of their Master Teacher and beloved Trickster, Juliano Mer Khamis. The students’ performance of the play is in itself an act of fidelity and healing after a meaningless and tragic loss.