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Under the direction of founder Hector de Alva, members of the 4-year-old L. Last year the troupe toured Europe with the production and is currently staging it at schools and universities under a grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs of Los Angeles County.
Devoid of scenery, save for a rock and a leafless tree, the two-act play unfolds in the same spot on a country road over two days.
Eschewing traditional three-act structure of exposition, complication and resolution, Beckett gives the audience a taste of the relentless boredom and misery of the characters by employing a circular structure. The characters engage in unresolved actions and disjointed dialogue with Sisyphean futility. Godot, who never appears. But in a departure from the traditional male cast, Gladys Parra plays Estragon.
Both actors give strong, even performances as tramps who bicker and reconcile during their vigil. Martin Bautista is equally convincing as the histrionically gesticulating circus ringmaster, Pozzo. With the absence of purposeful action and plot, the play benefits even more by the fine set designed by Julia Beeding and the lighting effects of Lawrence Oberman.
Borrowing from traditional hobo and circus elements, each actor has created an interesting costume. The frustrations of Vladimir and Estragon come through during this high-caliber production.
Yet the characters are sustained by hope, as De Alva pointed out during an appearance following the curtain call. And we eagerly AWAIT planned future productions of Hispanic works intended to attract an audience presently reluctant to attend the theater. Performances in English are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p. For reservations or more information, call Hot Property. About Us. Brand Publishing. Times News Platforms. Times Store. Facebook Twitter Show more sharing options Share Close extra sharing options.
The wait is worth it. July 23,
Esperando a Godot, de Samuel Beckett
The English-language version premiered in London in Two men, Vladimir and Estragon, have met near a leafless tree. Estragon spent the previous night lying in a ditch and receiving a beating from some unnamed assailants. The two men discuss a variety of issues, and it is revealed that they are there to wait for a man named Godot. Two other characters show up, Pozzo and his slave Lucky, who are headed for the market, where Pozzo intends to sell Lucky. They pause in their journey, as Pozzo engages Vladimir and Estragon in conversation.
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