Write Act Repertory presents
“Bono and The Edge Waiting for Godomino’s”
Producers Anne Mesa and John Lant proudly present a U2 parody by Richard Lucas of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, April 21-May 26, 2018, Saturdays at 4pm.
"We have asked for the pizza to come, and we have to believe that it will come - because we have asked.”
Bono orders pizza delivery to get back in touch with the Common Man… A satire on celebrity culture wrapped in a modern-day parody of ‘Godot’ with questions on art, on being, and on one’s purpose in an absurd, humorous and familiar tune.
Write Act Repertory’s Producing Artistic Director John Lant and Producer Anne Mesa are proud to present a limited engagement of Bono and The Edge Waiting for Godomino’s, a clever and ingenious new take on Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, written and directed by Richard Lucas, starring Jeff Blumberg, Curt Collier, Richard Lucas, and Bruno Oliver at The Brickhouse Theatre in the heart of the NOHO Theatre Arts District. The 70-min play had its world premiere at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival and was extended with a six-week run at The Whitefire Theatre in Fall 2017. The show garnered several awards and nominations including “Best Comedy,” “Encore Producer’s Award,” and TheTVolution.com’s “2017 Best of Los Angeles Theatre” list.
As if Beckett’s absurdist classic, “Waiting for Godot,” wasn’t absurd enough, writer/director Richard Lucas flips the script as U2’s Bono orders pizza delivery in hopes of getting back in touch with the Common Man. Beckett’s theme of faith against nihilism is brought to life in opposite form as the single-named Bono, a veritable celebrity culture god-on-earth icon, who feels lost and empty in the “trappings” of his own riches and fame. Wracked with guilt and fearing that he’s lost connection with his working-class roots, Bono awaits a pizza delivery in the hopes of conversing with the delivery person about living a “real life.” His lifelong U2 bandmate, The Edge, wants no part of Bono’s socio-spiritual experiment and rejects any thought of inviting opinions or judgments on his hard-earned rock star life, yet he cannot find the will to abandon his truest friend, Bono. Both struggle with the possible hypocrisies in their practices versus their policies as well as some basic everyday tasks, such as how to pay for a pizza and what it might cost, in this comedy that skewers celebrity culture, blind faith, and pretentious theater while searching for the meaning of art in a hyper-capitalist society.
Writer/director Richard Lucas says, “It’s a satire on celebrity culture wrapped in a ridiculous 180-degree parody of ‘Godot.’ The set-up of ‘Waiting for Godot’ is socially pretty well known – the rest of the play, maybe not so much. That said, no one needs to have written a thesis on ‘Godot’ to enjoy our version. As long as one can imagine the off chance that a mega celebrity might feel a moment of self-doubt or a pang of regret at having lost touch with reality, it should be fun.”
Bono and The Edge Waiting for Godomino’s was conceived at the “Serial Killers” show at Sacred Fools, which led to its premiere at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival, where it instantly became an audience favorite and had a highly successful run. Due to its popularity, the show garnered an extension at The Whitefire Theatre in the Fall of the same year and returns now as a special “pop-up” run at Write Act Repertory, just in time for U2’s Los Angeles concert in May.
For more information on the show, visit www.WaitingForGodominos.com.
About the playwright: Richard Lucas is a Los Angeles based writer, actor, comedian, and storyteller. His first book, The Dog Log, a comedic memoir about living next to a barking dog, is being published by The Chicago Review Press and is due for release in early 2019. For more info, visit http://www.RichardLucasComedy.com.
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