Jones Explores Nature of Hope in “Waiting for Godot”

Norm Jones

Often regarded as the most important play of the 20th century, Samuel Beckett’s classic existentialist tragicomedy Waiting for Godot is re-imagined in the hands of director and theatre arts professor Norman Jones. His production of the absurdist masterpiece emphasizes not the futility of human hope—as many productions are wont to do—but the “insidious nature of hope,” exploring how and why we continue to hope when it seems there is no hope left.

The Gordon College Department of Theatre Arts production of Waiting for Godot opens April 12, and performances will follow on April 13 and 16–20. All performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Margaret Jensen Theatre at the Barrington Center for the Arts. Tickets may be purchased online.

“It is poignant, endearing, and surprisingly funny,” said Jones. “I was drawn to the characters’ desperate attempts to find meaning in an uncertain world.”

Notably, the cast includes two women in the roles of Pozzo and the boy, joining a small number of productions that have allowed women to take on any of the five male roles, which Beckett famously insisted be played by men.

The production features Gordon students Ryan Coil ’13 (Nashville, TN), Chloe Eaton ’15 (Santa Barbara, CA), Amelia Haas ’15 (Roslindale, MA), Luke Miller ’14 (Coopersburg, PA), and Taylor Nelson ’13 (Northwood, NH), as well as an original set designed by Salem State University professor Michael Harvey. 

Waiting for Godot is part of Gordon’s Celebration of the Arts, a week-long festßival of art exhibitions and performances with leading voices from across artistic disciplines, such as Gordon Lothlórien Distinguished Chair in Fine Arts Bruce Herman, film producer Ralph Winter, artist Makoto Fujimura, pianist Mia Chung, and theologian Jeremy Begbie.

Click HERE for the full schedule of events.


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