Waiting for Godot

May 25 – June 18, 1978

Country of Origin United States
Description The BAM Theater Company production of Waiting for Godot was based on a German language production that Samuel Beckett himself staged at the Schiller Theater in Berlin during its 1974-75 season. Directed by Beckett’s assistant, Walter D. Asmus, Godot was performed in the Lepercq Space. It starred Sam Waterston and Austin Pendleton as Vladimir and Estragon, and Milo O’Shea and Michael Egan as Pozzo and Lucky. Pendleton spoke to the New York Post theater critic Elisabeth Vincentelli about his memorable experience acting in the play: "Frank [Dunlop] asked Beckett to come over and direct five American actors in his company in it. Beckett had no desire to set foot in the United States, but sent his assistant, a brilliant young German director named Walter Asmus, to reproduce his work. And reproduce it Walter did, down to each gesture and each line reading, even though those readings were based on the German translation."
Identifier 1978s.00267
VenueAdam E. Max Gathering Space (Lepercq Space, Ballroom, BAM Cafe)
costume designerDona Granata
lighting designerShirley Prendergast
playwrightSamuel Beckett
set designer/decorCarole Lee Carroll