Eckerd Theater Ends Season with “Waiting for Godot”

“Waiting for Godot” cast, from left, Cameron Davis, Jackson Hooten, Katie Fox, Sophia Faiella and Kaley Whipple. “Waiting for Godot” was the last theatrical play at Eckerd College for Hooten and Faiella, who graduate this fall.

Eckerd College Theatre Discipline presented “Waiting for Godot,” the theatrical play of the season for one last time November 16, on the weekend the college celebrated the visual, written and musical arts.

The 1949 classic written by Samuel Beckett is an existentialist absurdist comedy, and has had many interpretations on stage as well as in film. The Eckerd play at the Bininger Theater was directed by Gavin Hawk, Associate Professor of Theater, and closely followed the original, with the exception of Hawk’s inclusion of female actors.

Five characters were acted out by students Katie Fox (Vladimir), Jackson Hooten (Estragon), Cameron Davis (Pozzo), Sophia Faiella (Lucky) and Kaley Whipple (Boy).

The sixth character, Godot, never showed.

The house was unexpectedly full that weekend, according to theater staff. Main characters Vladimir and Estragon exhibited futile waiting on a foggy road by a lonesome tree. Pozzo, Lucky and Boy appeared to add strangeness and irrationality, and so did every object used in the story, among them a shoe, a bone and a thinking hat.

Eckerd College offers art, music and film showcases, lectures on various topics, classics and poetry readings, public speech contests, theater and other programs regularly. Visit Eckerd’s public events calendar for upcoming events at eckerd.edu.

“Waiting for Godot” cast, from left, Cameron Davis, Jackson Hooten, Katie Fox, Sophia Faiella and Kaley Whipple. “Waiting for Godot” was the last theatrical play at Eckerd College for Hooten and Faiella, who graduate this fall.

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