A cast of four theater arts students will star in the production of “Waiting For Godot,” written by Samuel Beckett in 1948.
The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 7 through 9, in the Bruce Owen Theater.
“Godot” has been labeled by many as the most important play of the 20th century, said Director Brent Noel.
In this two-act tragicomedy nothing happens — twice.
Noel said this is best described as a play about the human condition, asking the question “What do we do while we’re waiting?”
The plot centers around Estragon, played by Efram Olivas, and Vladimir, played by Nicholas McDaniel, who wait for days for a character named Godot, a person barely known by either of them, Noel said.
Twice, their boredom is broken by the appearance of the slave, Lucky, played by Kelsey Verrill, tied to a leash controlled by his master, Pozzo, played by Sean Henry.
Although the concept of the story can sound deep, the production is very humorous, Noel said.
He said the play was selected to go along with the theme “Season of Anticipation.”
“There is a sense of anticipation that something is beginning to happen here with the arts,” said Noel, referring to the building of the new theater on campus, which will begin in the spring.
“This is the show that we chose to kick off that season, because it is about waiting for something.”
Noel also heads the theater program at OCCC.
The second of four plays, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare, will be performed Nov. 18 through 20.
Students and faculty will be able to attend free on opening night with valid student identification.
Tickets will be $5 for students and $10 for general admission on Friday and Saturday nights.