Charming, mysterious, hilarious and poetic – a timeless play about the passing of time.

Waiting for Godot

a tragicomedy in two acts
by samuel beckett

Two tramps wait on a country road by a tree. They’re waiting for a man who promises to, but never arrives.

Waiting for Godot is one of the most iconic and significant plays of the 20th century. Drawing endless interpretations, it crackles with deadpan wit and linguistic invention, as well as offering compelling glimpses into our existential absurdity.

The play reveals humanity’s talents for stoicism, companionship and dogged determination.

It asks all the big philosophical questions – about life and death and the uncertain purpose of what goes on in between – but in a way that isn’t limited to a particular place or era.

An existential feast seasoned with slapstick comedy.

PERFORMANCE DATES: April 25 to May 12, 2019 Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 pm.

RUNNING TIME: 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission. Waiting has never been more enjoyable… Although the play features a cameo by a young boy, GODOT isn’t an ideal choice for kids – the subtle humour and existential themes are likely to go right over their heads.

TICKET INFORMATION: Click the button above, go to thegrandyyc.ca or call 403.205.2922 ext.1

SCHOOL MATINEES: Thursday April 25, Wednesday May 1 & Tuesday May 7 – all @ 11:30 am
– contact Pam Lang at pamelalang@telus.net or 403.243.7895 for booking info.

Artistic Team

Estragon: Christopher Hunt – Christopher has received eight of Calgary’s Betty Mitchell awards for his acting, most recently for Theatre Calgary’s TWELFTH NIGHT. For over 30 years, he’s performed for theatre companies large and small, in Calgary and across the country. Chris has toured to the U.K. with Ghost River Theatre and One Yellow Rabbit, and he saw many corners of Canada with the solo Shakespeare-inspired show WHEN THAT I WAS. He occasionally works as a director, adjudicator and writer, and enjoys playing a bit of guitar, mandolin and clawhammer banjo. Christopher was recently humbled to receive the 2018 Harry & Martha Cohen Award for his significant and sustained contribution to the Calgary theatre community.

Vladimir: Andy Curtis – Andy is a member of the One Yellow Rabbit Theatre ensemble, which creates original works in the Big Secret Theatre, performing and touring internationally for over 30 years. In 2007, the OYR ensemble was awarded the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award. Andy has worked with many Calgary theatres companies, including Theatre Calgary, ATP, Ground Zero, Loose Moose, Quest, Stage West, Ghost River, Vertigo Theatre and Lunchbox. Andy had the great fortune to perform alongside his daughter at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in MAKING TREATY 7, an ongoing project which explores the historical significance and aftermath of the events which took place at Blackfoot Crossing in 1877.

Pozzo: Duval Lang – Duval has been very active in the dynamic growth of the Calgary theatre community for over 40 years. He was a co-founder and Artistic Director of Quest Theatre, a prominent Canadian theatre for young audience company for 25 of those years and is now a busy freelance actor and director working across the country. Duval has been recognized with Betty Mitchell (Calgary) and Sterling (Edmonton) nominations and awards for his acting work and is a recipient of the Harry and Martha Cohen Award for significant and long-term contribution to theatre in Calgary.

Lucky: Tyrell Crews – Tyrell is a Calgary based theatre actor, film actor, and voice talent. Tyrell received his Performing Arts Diploma through Mount Royal College in 2003. His work has taken him across the country, from Bard On The Beach in Vancouver, to the Stratford Festival, to The National Arts Centre in Ottawa where he starred as Mr. Darcy in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. In Calgary, he has performed at Theatre Calgary, Vertigo Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Sage Theatre, Ground Zero/ Hit and Myth Productions, and Downstage Theatre. Tyrell was the recipient of the Betty Mitchell Award for his work in OUR TOWN at Theatre Calgary. He has also been awarded a Critic’s Choice Award for his work in Downstage’s BENEFIT.

The Boy: Anton Matsigura – is a 14 year old student attending Queen Elizabeth high school. He’s been acting in school plays since the age of five, as well as over a dozen shows in Calgary’s Russian theatre Chasi. For Calgary Young People’s Theatre, Anton’s performed in VILLAGE OF IDIOTS, THE THREE MUSKETEERS, THE FAN, PETER PAN, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, and most recently SNOW WHITE. He’s thrilled to be a part of the GODOT team, and this inaugural Black Radish production. Anton has an online podcast, and enjoys playing the piano, making films, biking and having fun.

DIRECTOR: Denise Clarke – is an Ensemble member and creator of many shows at One Yellow Rabbit. Denise created the Summer Lab Intensive in 1997 and has recently written a book about her creation methods – The Big Secret Book: An Intense Guide for Creating Performance Theatre. She directs, teaches, performs and choreographs around the world. In 2013, Denise was appointed as a Member to the Order of Canada, and was also recognized by the University of Calgary with an Honourary Doctorate from the Faculty of Arts.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Sarah Wheeldon -has been an Alberta-based actor, director and musical director for almost 20 years. Selected directing and musical direction credits include: SEUSSICAL, CINDERELLA and A BOY’S OWN JEDI HANDBOOK (Storybook Theatre); MARY & MAX (Theatre Calgary, apprentice musical director); ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL (The Shakespeare Company); and MUNSCHAPALOOZA (Centre Stage Theatre).  In 2019, she’ll be directing for the 10 MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL at the High Performance Rodeo, and acting in MIGHT AS WELL BE DEAD for Vertigo Theatre.

SET & LIGHTING DESIGNER: Terry Gunvordahl – is a designer of sets, lights, costumes, props and projections. His work has been seen in theatres across Canada and in the United States. Terry’s designs have been critically acclaimed and have won design awards in several categories. He’s also been an Art Director for film and television. Gunvordahl has also designed for opera, concerts, and created exhibits and theme parks.

COSTUME DESIGNER: Ralamy Kneeshaw – loves working on projects with huge heart, co-creating with actors and directors, and digging into historic detail. Her “organic costuming” approach, focused on supporting character development by working closely with actors during the rehearsal process, was honed at Loose Moose Theatre. Ralamy brings early experiences as an actor, a Master’s Degree in Anthropology and loads of life experience to her work in theatre and film. Ralamy recently co-founded The Costume Collective a costume rental and design warehouse here in Calgary.

SOUND DESIGN & COMPOSITION: Peter Moller –  has run Egg Press Co., a Calgary-based graphic and sound design establishment, since 1976. As the recipient of a number of Betty Mitchell and Elizabeth Sterling Haynes awards and nominations for his theatre sound designs, it has been his good fortune to collaborate with many of Calgary’s widely diverse theatre companies. In September he will present Modern Times Redux, a live music and foley re-interpretation of the Charlie Chaplin classic, at The Grand. To view and listen to examples of his work: eggpress.ca

STAGE MANAGER: Meredith Johnson – is a Calgary based stage manager who has worked for many companies in the city including: Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary Opera, Calgary Young People’s Theatre, Dirty Laundry, Ghost River Theatre, Lunchbox Theatre, Major Matt Mason Collective, The Shakespeare Company, Spontaneous Theatre, Verb Theatre, Vertigo Mystery Theatre and now the awesome gang here at Black Radish Theatre!

PHOTOGRAPHY AND GRAPHICS DESIGNER – Hugh Short – is a local artist and designer in many disciplines: architecture, landscapes, photography, graphic design and brand development. He has a talent for capturing the story in the photo. A true creative and humanitarian, Hugh volunteers several hundred hours a year to support events and theatre in Calgary. Hugh is very proud to have developed the Black Radish Theatre logo and photographed many of the promotional images for Waiting for Godot.  

WEB SITE: Keith Watson – runs a local web design and web marketing company and has been involved in the arts and music scene in Calgary for decades. Keith is proud to be involved with The Black Radish Theatre Company.