Week 11 Prompt

I would set Waiting for Godot in a playground, around the park bench area where parents and seniors usually sit. This park would be in a deteriorating condition, but still recognizable, with the tree shading the park bench. Estragon and Vladimir would be around late middle age or early senior age. The park bench, rather than the park, would be the center of their world. The combination of their age and the state of the surroundings would emphasize the themes of waiting and add a hint of neglect to the story.

I would make the boy very present in the background, which is the playground. In very dim and shaded lighting, the boy would sometimes swing around on monkey bars or go down a slide. He would never be noticeable enough to attract the attention of Vladimir and Estragon. Maybe he would laugh in the background sometimes too. This carefree, deliberate, and almost gleeful action would constantly contrast with the unchanging nature of the main action of the play.

Pozzo and Lucky I would cast as a young, cocky “finance bro” and a clumsy intern. I think this would add an interesting layer to the relationship between Lucky and Pozzo, especially in today’s society. Their appearance in the second act would show how they, or rather Pozzo is not a powerful actor in their world either. Estragon and Vladimir, as they age, would keep on waiting, while the boy keeps playing in the background.

One thought on “Week 11 Prompt

  1. Hi Ruva,
    The idea of the park, especially with the playground in the background from which the little boy advances and then retreats is super lovely. In the readings, both N’gugi Wa Thiong’o and later, Paul Chan, specify that the location of the setting is significant. Since all geographic places have a history where events have taken place on them and that they are also connected in a constellation to other places — it is significant to explain where this park is located. The other point is that the location calls out particular audiences for the work. The the dilapidated bench part of a neglected park in a neglected neighborhood? Is it in a gentrifying neighborhood or a rich one? Urban or rural? Are the local people playing in this or is it a professional troupe of actors? How does this space contextualize the work and who it is played for are the questions that are posed in the readings about space. William Pope L. crawled on Broadway as a way to demonstrate the relation of the black body to NYC geopolitics. The details and the histories of the specific space matter. So what park, with whom and for whom?


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