Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Waiting for Godot in New Orleans

Let us not waste our time in idle discourse! (Pause. Vehemently.) Let us do something, while we have the chance! It is not every day that we are needed. Not indeed that we personally are needed. Others would meet the case equally well, if not better. To all mankind they were addressed, those cries for help still ringing in our ears! But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late! Let us represent worthily for once the foul brood to which a cruel fate consigned us! What do you say?
—Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

Paul Chan's statement on his vision to stage Waiting for Godot in New Orleans begins with the above quote from the play, and I was hooked. Read his statement about the project on Creative Time's website.

The play will take place over the first two weekends in November, in the Lower 9th Ward and in Gentilly. See the website for details.

Here's a conversation between Paul and New Orleans based artist Willie Birch.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. I'm reading the Waiting for Godot in New Orleans Field Guide as well as listening to some of the MP3 recordings. I would be interested in hearing any thoughts you have now about the lingering impact this work had on New Orleans' art community ,the community at large, and the state of race relations in New Orleans. Thank you.