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October 31, 2018

White Light Festival Theater Advisory: Waiting for Godot

White Light Festival

White Light Festival

Theater Advisory


Waiting for Godot

November 2-13, 2018


A fresh and insightfully comic interpretation of Samuel Beckett’s

Waiting for Godot from Ireland’s Druid theater company

and Tony Award–winning director Garry Hynes


Pre-performance discussion with Garry Hynes and Robert Marx on Saturday, November 3 at 6:15 pm


In addition, Fordham University Offers Free Symposium

with Leading Beckett Scholars on 11/6


This year’s 2018 White Light Festival will run from October 16 through November 18. The multidisciplinary festival will feature events presented in six venues across the city, including world, U.S., and New York premieres. The ninth annual international festival will explore transcendence, interior illumination, and the communal impulse as exhibited through artistic expression across continents and centuries.


Ireland’s inestimable Druid theater company and Tony Award–winning director Garry Hynes present Samuel Beckett’s irreverent existentialist masterpiece Waiting for Godot. In this refreshing reimagining infused with slapstick comedy, Druid’s award-winning production joins the festival for a 14-performance run, in the culmination of a well-received international tour.


Tickets for the 2018 White Light Festival are available online at, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the David Geffen or Alice Tully Hall Box Office (Broadway and 65th Street).


A pre-performance discussion with director Garry Hynes and Robert Marx will take place on Saturday, November 3 at 6:15 pm.


Live audio description, designed for guests who are blind or have low vision to fully experience visual elements of the production, are available for performances on Monday, November 5 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, November 10 at 2:00 pm. Guests can access audio description at any seat in the house. To reserve receivers, contact [email protected] or 212.875.5375.


In addition, on Tuesday, November 6 starting at 1:15 pm, Fordham University presents a free symposium on Waiting for Godot, featuring Garry Hynes and members of the cast as well as leading Beckett scholars. Details are available at


Details on the full White Light Festival lineup may be found at



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Waiting for Godot

Friday, November 2 at 7:30 pm

SaturdaySunday, November 34 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

MondayTuesday, November 56 at 7:30 pm

ThursdayFriday, November 89 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, November 10 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 pm

MondayTuesday, November 1213 at 7:30 pm

(INVITED PRESS DATES: 11/3 at 7:30 pm, 11/4 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm, 11/5 at 7:30 pm)


By Samuel Beckett

Directed by Garry Hynes

Produced by Druid

Starring Garrett Lombard, Aaron Monaghan, Rory Nolan, and Marty Rea, with Nathan Reid and Jaden Pace

Francis O’Connor, set and costume design

James F. Ingalls, lighting design

Gregory Clarke, sound design

Nick Winston, movement director


Performance length: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including intermission


Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College


Ireland’s incomparable Druid theater company presents Samuel Beckett’s irreverent masterpiece, Waiting for Godot. Existential ennui meets startling slapstick comedy in this refreshing reimagining by Tony Award–winning director Garry Hynes. Druid’s interpretation of Beckett’s iconic play premiered in the 2016 Galway International Arts Festival and has since won acclaim from audiences and critics worldwide, as well as multiple Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. This production is Druid’s first White Light Festival engagement; Druid last appeared at Lincoln Center with DruidShakespeare in 2015.


There will be a pre-performance discussion with director Garry Hynes and Robert Marx on Saturday, November 3 at 6:15 pm.


Waiting for Godot is made possible in part by Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.


Major endowment support for contemporary dance and theater is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.


Waiting for Godot is also made possible in part by endowment support from the American Express Cultural Preservation Fund.


Druid gratefully acknowledges the support of The Arts Council of Ireland and Culture Ireland.


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Garry Hynes founded Druid in 1975 with Marie Mullen and Mick Lally and has worked as its artistic director from 1975 to 1991, and from 1995 to date. From 1991 to 1994 she was artistic director of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Hynes has also worked with the Gate Theatre (Ireland); the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court (UK); Second Stage, Signature Theater, Manhattan Theater Club (New York); Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.); Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles); and Spoleto Festival (USA). Her awards include Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, U.K. Theatre Award, Joe Callaway Award (New York), Tony Award (the first woman to win Best Director), and honorary doctorates from University College Dublin (2011), University of Dublin (2004), National University of Ireland (1998), and the National Council for Education Awards (1988). She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland and a member of the Honorary Council of the Royal Hibernian Academy (HRHA). In 2011, Hynes was appointed adjunct professor of drama and theatre studies at NUI Galway.



Druid began as a bold idea: to create Ireland’s first professional theater company outside of Dublin. With the support of the Galway community, Garry Hynes, Marie Mullen, and Mick Lally founded Druid in 1975. The company first won success outside of Ireland at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Druid quickly gained an international reputation. In 1996 Druid premiered Martin McDonagh’s debut work The Beauty Queen of Leenane in a coproduction with the Royal Court Theatre. It opened in Galway and played in London, Sydney, Dublin, and on Broadway, where the production won four Tony Awards, including Best Director for Garry Hynes, the first woman to win an award for directing in the history of the Tonys. Other successes in recent years include DruidMurphy (2013), a trilogy of Tom Murphy's plays Conversations on a Homecoming, A Whistle in the Dark, and Famine, which went on to sweep the boards of the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards; and DruidShakespeare (2015): Richard II, Henry IV (Part One), Henry IV (Part Two), and Henry V in a new adaptation by Mark O’Rowe, which toured Ireland and played at the prestigious Lincoln Center Festival. Learn more at


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The White Light Festival 2018 is made possible by The Shubert Foundation, The Katzenberger Foundation, Inc., Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, The Joelson Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, and Friends of Lincoln Center.


Public Support is provided by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


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