The Keyhole Theatre Company is pleased to announce the return of live theatre back to downtown New Albany.  Tickets for Samuel Beckett’s tragicomedy Waiting for Godot are now available.  Performances will take place upstairs at TheatreWorks of SoIN’s home in the former historic Indiana State Bank Building (203 E. Main Street) in downtown New Albany.  

From an inauspicious beginning at the tiny Left Bank Theatre de Babylone in 1953, followed by bewilderment among American and British audiences, Waiting for Godot has become of the most important and enigmatic plays of the past fifty years and a cornerstone of twentieth-century drama. As Clive Barnes wrote, “Time catches up with genius … Waiting for Godot is one of the masterpieces of the century.”

The story revolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone—or something—named Godot. Vladimir and Estragon wait near a tree, inhabiting a drama spun of their own consciousness. The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes, and nonsense, which has been interpreted as mankind’s inexhaustible search for meaning. Beckett’s language pioneered an expressionistic minimalism that captured the existential post-World War II Europe. His play remains one of the most magical and beautiful allegories of our time. Our production is set against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and the existential fears we’ve all been dealing with.  Now is the perfect moment to revisit this gem about the human spirit in the face of uncertainty and adversity.

The Keyhole Theatre Company presents this in the round, in an immersive environment. We understand this is a challenging time to revive live theatre, and like many of our fellow local theatre companies, we are taking precautions. All ticket holders will be required to wear masks while in the Theatreworks facility, no concessions will be served, and all actors and company members are fully vaccinated. The number of seats is reduced in capacity and seating is distanced with the ability to create “pods” of social groups.  

Performances are September 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, & 25 at 7:30.  Tickets are $15 and seating is general admission.