October 11, 1988
November 27, 1988
25 performances + 31 previews
Lincoln Center Theater (Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater)
Two tramps, Vladimir and Estragon, pass the time while waiting for an unknown personage named Godot to appear. The play delves into themes of existence and of life's purpose, direction and absurdity.
You can see the most interesting part between 4:09 and 10:40. Enjoy this rare material!
You wanted to speak to me? You had something to say to me? Didi...
(angrily) I've nothing to say to you.
You're angry? Forgive me. Come, Didi. Give me your hand. Embrace me! Don't be stubborn! (They embrace and Estragon recoils) You stink of garlic!
All the same, you can't tell me that this bears any resemblance to... to the Napa country, for example. You can't deny there's a big difference.
The Napa country! Who's talking to you about the Napa country?
But you were there yourself, in the Napa country.
(angrily) No, I was never in the Napa country! I've puked my puke of a life away here, I tell you! Here! In the Crap-a country!
We're waiting for Godot.
(insulting Estragon to pass the time) Moron!
(with finality) Crritic! (Vladimir feigns death)
Waiting for Godot was an off-Broadway play. Although there were plans to tape the performance for a television broadcast, it is not currently available in any format.
Researchers and people in the arts can make an appointment to watch a DVD of this version of the play at the New York Public Library's Theatre on Film and Tape Archive.
J. Roy Helland
Steven C. Callahan
Gwendolyn M. Gilliam