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Tennessee Shakespeare Co: Waiting for Godot

Paul Kiernan (Gogo) and Dave Demke (Didi), photo courtesy of TSC

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.”

Waiting for Godot will be Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s final holiday production at Dixon Gallery & Gardens. The company recently purchased its own space that, beginning next year, will become the first permanent professional theatre home for Shakespeare and classical works in the state of Tennessee.

Performances are December 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 7pm; and December 10 and 17 at 3pm in the Winegardner Auditorium at Dixon Gallery & Gardens.

Tickets are $34.  December 7 Preview is $16.  December 7 and 14 are Free Will Kids’ Nights: children 17 years and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a paying/attending guardian.  Seniors (62+): $29.  Students (18+): $16.  Dixon members receive 20% off tickets (no other discounts may apply).  December 8 is Opening Night, which welcomes patrons to a post-show reception with the actors. 

General Admission/Free Parking.  Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.