In his delightful one-man show On Beckett at the Irish Rep, Bill Irwin spends a significant portion of time discussing Samuel Beckett’s most famous play, Waiting for Godot, including delving into the correct pronunciation of “Godot.” In addition to GOD-oh and guh-DOH, Irwin brings up a third version, suggested to him by Irish Rep producing director Ciaran O’Reilly: godjo. From November 2 to 13, you can see how Ireland’s Druid theater company says the name when its widely hailed slapstick version of Waiting for Godot is presented at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College as part of Lincoln Center’s annual White Light Festival. (The Druid was last at Lincoln Center with DruidShakespeare in 2015, an epic work that brings together Richard II, both parts of Henry IV, and Henry V.) The comic reimagining features Garrett Lombard as Lucky, Aaron Monaghan as Estragon, Rory Nolan as Pozzo, and Marty Rea as Vladimir, with Nathan Reid and Jaden Pace alternating as the boy.
The play is helmed by Druid artistic director Garry Hynes, who won a Tony in 1998 for The Beauty Queen of Leenane, with sets and costumes by Francis O’Connor, lighting by James F. Ingalls, sound by Greg Clarke, and movement by Nick Winston. The 7:30 show on November 3 will be preceded by a 6:15 talk with Hynes and opera and theater producer, essayist, and consultant Robert Marx. The multidisciplinary White Light Festival continues through November 18 with such other productions as The Distant Light with the Latvian Radio Choir, conducted by Sigvards Kļava at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, The Creation with Les Arts Florissants, conducted by William Christie at Alice Tully Hall, and Only the Sound Remains, composed by Kaija Saariaho and directed by Peter Sellars at the Rose Theater.