Featuring the directing work of second-year graduate students Emily Buttner and Suhaila Meera
GODOT HAS COME, ACT I
WRITTEN BY BETSUYAKU MINORU
DIRECTED, TRANSLATED, AND ADAPTED BY EMILY BUTTNER
Missed connections and miscommunications ensue as bureaucracy, busy-ness and boredom consume the lives of Vladimir, Estragon, and their ilk. Saturated with tasks and information, will our characters even notice Godot’s long-awaited arrival? Come aboard for an irreverent exploration of how the hectic pace and information overload of contemporary life impacts the quality of our relationships.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Emily Buttner holds a BA in Comparative Literature and Society from Columbia University. Before arriving at Stanford, she spent four years in Ibaraki, Japan on the JET Programme, where she was teaching English, advising, studying Japanese, and lecturing and singing in her community. Her current research interests include, but are not limited to, trans-national and intercultural performance, adaptation, and the performativity of language and translation. Emily is primarily an actor and singer, but has engaged with theater practice from a variety of angles. While an undergraduate student, she worked with several theater companies around Manhattan, including internships in properties at Punchdrunk’s "Sleep No More", and in stage management with the Keen Company at Theatre Row. Emily also enjoys opera and collecting Japanese puns.
WRITTEN BY NICK PAYNE
DIRECTED BY SUHAILA MEERA
“Let's say ours really is only the universe that exists. There's only one unique me and one unique you. If that were true, then there could only ever really be one choice. But if every possible future exists, then the decisions we do and don't make will determine which of these futures we actually end up experiencing. Imagine rolling a dice six thousand times.” Featuring Alexa Luckey and Zakaria Sharif.
Originally produced on Broadway by the Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director, Barry Grove, Executive Producer, and The Royal Court Theatre by special arrangement with Ambassador Theatre Group and Dodgers on December 16, 2014.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Suhaila Meera holds a BA in History and Film from Cornell University. An actor and dancer, she has studied with Barry John in Bombay and at the Stella Adler Studio in New York, and has a background in jazz, hiphop, Bollywood, and Indian folk dance. Before beginning her PhD at Stanford she worked for prominent Delhi-based arts management firm, Teamwork Arts, New York-based nonprofit Girls Write Now, and The Juilliard School. Her academic interests include (but are not limited to!) authenticity, play, and politics in performance: where the lines blur between identity and persona, in life and on stage.
DATES + TIME
January 31 through
February 2 at 8pm
Tickets are free but reservations are strongly encouraged.
There will be no late seating or re-seating while the performance is in progress.
The show runs approximately two hours with one intermission between the projects.
There will be an ASL-interpreted performance on Thursday, January 31.
WHERE TO GO
This production plays in Nitery Studio, located in the Old Union. For maps and parking info, click here.