Lingering by the side of the road, killing time with hat tricks and half-remembered stories, Estragon and Vladimir dawdle through one of the greatest dramas of the 20th century. In Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett’s absurd, anarchic exploration of time, life is vaudeville and tragedy, philosophy and confusion, teetering on the edge of despair, yet tuned with Beckett’s unique blend of poetry and humor.
Druid, “one of the world’s greatest acting ensembles” (The Guardian), and Tony Award-winning director Garry Hynes bring “the freshest, funniest and most affecting production of the play you’re ever likely to see” (The Irish Times) to STC in its regional premiere.
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NEW YORK: 59E59: Improbable Frequency. INTERNATIONAL: Druid: King of the Castle, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, DruidShakespeare, Brigit, Be Infants in Evil, The Colleen Bawn, DruidMurphy – Plays by Tom Murphy; Gate Theatre: The Great Gatsby, Juno and the Paycock, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Caretaker, An Ideal Husband, My Cousin Rachel, Little Women, Hay Fever, Arcadia, Salomé, The Glass Menagerie; Abbey Theatre: Othello, She Stoops to Conquer, The Hanging Gardens, Major Barbara, John Gabriel Borkman, The Rivals, Only an Apple, An Ideal Husband, The Big House, Saved, The Importance of Being Earnest; The Lyric Theatre / Rough Magic Theatre Co.: Pentecost, Spokesong; Second Age Theatre Co.: Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Hamlet; Livin’ Dred / Nomad: Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme; ART NI: Philadelphia, Here I Come!. FILM: The Devil’s Pool; The Man Inside. TELEVISION: Citizen Lane, Barbarians Rising!. AWARDS: Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, Best Actor (Hamlet in Hamlet, 2010; Richard II in DruidShakespeare, 2015); Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, Best Supporting Actor (Jemmy Maguire in King of the Castle; Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby, 2017).
REGIONAL: McCarter Theatre Center: Stones in His Pockets. INTERNATIONAL: Druid: The Beauty Queen of Leenane, DruidShakespeare, The Colleen Bawn, DruidMurphy – Plays by Tom Murphy, The Silver Tassie, Penelope, The Playboy of the Western World, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Empress of India, The Year of the Hiker, The Walworth Farce, DruidSynge; Landmark: The Second Violinist; Abbey Theatre: King Lear, Translations, 16 Possible Glimpses, Arrah Na Pogue, Christ Deliver Us, Romeo & Juliet, Drama at Inish, The Shaughraun, She Stoops to Conquer, The Burial at Thebes, I Do Not Like Thee, Dr. Fell, The Wolf of Winter, Finders Keepers. FILM: Maze, The Foreigner, Assassin’s Creed, Pan, Inspector Jury, The Other Side of Sleep, Little Foxes, Ella Enchanted, LSD ‘73!. TELEVISION: The Tudors, Vikings, Clean Break, Sacrifice, Single-Handed, Jack Taylor, Love/Hate. AWARDS: OBIE, Lucille Lortel, Manchester Evening News Awards, Best Actor (Cripple Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan); Irish Times Irish Theatre Award, Best Supporting Actor (Liam in Conversations on a Homecoming DruidMurphy – Plays by Tom Murphy).
INTERNATIONAL: Druid: DruidShakespeare, The Colleen Bawn, DruidMurphy – Plays by Tom Murphy; Rough Magic Theatre Co.: Northern Star, The Critic, Peer Gynt, The Importance of Being Earnest, Don Carlos, The Taming of the Shrew, Improbable Frequency, Is This About Sex?; Dead Centre: Chekhov’s First Play; Landmark: Postcards from the Ledge, Breaking Dad, Between Foxrock and a Hard Place, The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger, Sleeping Beauty; Gate Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest, Bedroom Farce, A Christmas Carol, Death of a Salesman; Abbey Theatre: She Stoops to Conquer, Aristocrats, The Government Inspector, Translations, Arrah Na Pogue, Macbeth, The Rivals, Last Days of a Reluctant Tyrant, The Comedy of Errors, Heavenly Bodies, Big Love; Livin’ Dred / Nomad: Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme; Corn Exchange: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Mangiare Theatre: The Evils of Tobacco. FILM: WILD, The Delinquent Season, A Thousand Times Goodnight. TELEVISION: Acceptable Risk, Charlie, Fair City, The Baker Street Irregulars, Trouble in Paradise, Nothing Personal. AWARDS: Irish Times Irish Theatre Award, Best Supporting Actor (Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, 2016); Nominated for Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, Best Supporting Actor (Falstaff in DruidShakespeare, 2015; Commissioner in The Government Inspector, 2011); Nominated for Best Male Performer, Dublin Fringe Festival (The Evils of Tobacco, 2006).
REGIONAL: McCarter Theatre Center: Stones in His Pockets. INTERNATIONAL: Druid: DruidShakespeare, DruidMurphy–Plays by Tom Murphy, The Silver Tassie, The Walworth Farce, The Year of the Hiker; Abbey Theatre: Ulysses, Cavalcaders, The Recruiting Officer; Gate Theatre: The Dumb Waiter, A Streetcar Named Desire, Bedroom Farce, An Ideal Husband, The Caretaker, All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, The Glass Menagerie; Red Iron Productions: Dusk; Pan Pan: The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane; Lane Productions: Alone It Stands; The Ark: Playing from the Heart; The Field (national tour for Scott-Rellis Productions); Corcadorca: The Winter’s Tale. FILM: Looks Like Rain, Alexander, The Front Line, Stella Days. TELEVISION: Quirke, Fair City, Pure Mule, Rough Diamond, Love Is the Drug. AWARDS: Nominated for Irish Film and Television Award (Scobie Donoghue in Pure Mule, 2005).
NATIONAL TOUR: Kinky Boots. REGIONAL: Ford’s Theatre: A Christmas Carol; Port Tobacco Players: The Who’s Tommy. TELEVISION: Master of None, Inside Amy Schumer.
REGIONAL: Ford’s Theater: A Christmas Carol. OTHER: Solo performer: The Washington Nationals: National Anthem. TRAINING: SAGWA Music Institute, Drama Kids Camp.
NEW YORK: Second Stage; Signature Theater; Manhattan Theater Club. REGIONAL: Center Theatre Group; Kennedy Center; Mark Taper Forum; Spoleto Festival. INTERNATIONAL: Co-founded Druid Theatre Company in 1975 and has worked as its Artistic Director from 1975 to 1991, and from 1995 to date. From 1991 to 1994 she was Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Directing: The Abbey and Gate Theatres (Ireland); Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Court (U.K.). AWARDS: Tony Award for Direction for The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1998), The Joe A. Callaway Award for Outstanding Directing for The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh (2009), many others including The Irish Times/ESB Irish Theatre Awards for Best Director for DruidShakespeare, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Waiting for Godot and a Special Tribute Award for her contribution to Irish Theatre (2005). Honorary Doctorates from University College Dublin, the University of Dublin, the National University of Ireland and the National Council for Education Awards. Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland. Member of the Honorary Council of the Royal Hibernian Academy (HRHA). TEACHING: Adjunct Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway.
O’Connor is a regular collaborator with Garry Hynes and Druid. His designs for plays, musicals and opera have been seen in Ireland, the U.K., throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and his work with the Gate Theatre (Ireland) has frequently been seen at Spoleto Festival. INTERNATIONAL: Druid: Sive, King of the Castle, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Big Maggie, DruidShakespeare, Brigit, Bailegangaire, The Colleen Bawn, DruidMurphy – Plays by Tom Murphy, The Silver Tassie, The Gigli Concert, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Leaves, Empress of India, The Year of the Hiker, DruidSynge, The Well of the Saints, The Tinker’s Wedding, Sharon’s Grave, Sive, The Good Father, My Brilliant Divorce, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Lonesome West, A Skull in Connemara, The Leenane Trilogy, The Country Boy, The Way You Look Tonight, Shadow and Substance, Wild Harvest. AWARDS: Three Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, two for Best Design, one for Best Costume Design (with Doreen McKenna); Boston Critics Circle; Dora Mavor Moore Award; and, most recently, a nomination for the Faust Prize, Germany.
NATIONAL TOURS: Twyla Tharp's 50th Anniversary Tour; Carmen de Lavallade’s As I Remember It. REGIONAL: American Conservatory Theatre: Hamlet; Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Manahatta, Julius Caesar. INTERNATIONAL: Druid: Sive, King of the Castle, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, DruidShakespeare (all dir. Garry Hynes). OPERA: World premieres of John Adams’ Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer, El Niño, The Gospel According to the Other Mary; world premieres of Kaija Saariaho's L’Amour de Loin, Adriana Mater, La Passion de Simone, Only the Sound Remains (all dir. Peter Sellars); Spoleto Festival/USA: Il Farnace, Kat'a Kabanova (both dir. Garry Hynes). DANCE: Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance: Concertiana, The Beauty of Gray, Half Life; Mark Morris Dance Group: Layla and Majnun, Mozart Dances, The Hard Nut, L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato; Pacific Northwest Ballet / San Francisco Ballet / Miami City Ballet: The Nutcracker; Miami City Ballet: A Fairy’s Kiss (chor. Alexi Ratmansky); Teatro alla Scala Ballet / American Ballet Theatre: The Sleeping Beauty (chor. Alexi Ratmansky); National Ballet of Canada / San Francisco Ballet / American Ballet Theatre: John Cranko’s Onegin; frequent collaborations with the Wooden Floor dancers (Santa Ana, California). TRAINING: Yale School of Drama; University of Connecticut.
INTERNATIONAL: Druid: Sive, King of the Castle, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, DruidShakespeare, Brigit, Bailegangaire, Penelope, The New Electric Ballroom, The Hackney Office; Royal Court Theatre (London): The Twits, The Ritual Slaughter Of Gorge Mastromas; Galway Arts Festival & Landmark Productions: Misterman; National Theatre (London): Medea, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Twelfth Night, No Man’s Land, Tristan & Yseult, The Emperor Jones, Earthquakes in London; Almeida Theatre (London): The Merchant Of Venice, Cloud Nine; Royal Shakespeare Company: All’s Well That Ends Well, The Heart of Robin Hood, Great Expectations, Coriolanus, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Tantalus, Cymbeline, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; London West End: My Night With Reg, Goodnight Mr. Tom, The Vortex, A Voyage Around My Father, And Then There Were None, Some Girls, Waiting for Godot, What The Butler Saw, Journey’s End, Equus. AWARDS: Tony Award Best Sound Design for Equus (2009), Drama Desk Award for Journey’s End (2007).
INTERNATIONAL: Extensive theatre, opera and television credits include: Choreographer: Royal Albert Hall / BBC Proms: Sondheim at 80; BBC: Shakespeare Live from the RSC (BAFTA nomination: Live Entertainment); Piccadilly Theatre: Annie; Théâtre du Châtelet: Kiss Me, Kate; The Royal Exchange: Sweeney Todd; Garrick Theatre: Loserville (Olivier nomination: Best New Musical); Trafalgar Studios: Horrid Henry. Director & Choreographer: London Palladium / ITV: The Royal Variety Performance 2017; An American in Paris (German premiere, Linz); 30th Anniversary Tour: Fame (prod. Selladoor); Kilworth House: Guys & Dolls; Curve Theatre (Leicester): A Midsummer Night's Dream (also adaptation), Bugsy Malone (BroadwayWorld Award nomination: Best Director); U.K. Tours: Rock of Ages (prod. Dan Looney), The Wedding Singer (prod. Dan Looney); Sadler’s Wells: Flashmob. OPERA: Opera North / Minnesota Opera: The Adventures of Pinocchio. WEB: NickWinston.co.uk.