Title: A Special Residency Discussion and Multimedia Presentation Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Location: Auditorium – NHIOP
Description: A Special Residency Discussion and Multimedia Presentation
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Christpher McElroen’s celebrated iconic post-Katrina nationally touring production

Friday, February 11, 2011
3:00 pm, Auditorium – Dana Center

Originally produced in association with The Classical Theatre of Harlem

In November 2007, Christopher McElroen partnered with renowned visual artist Paul Chan and New York public arts organization Creative Time to reach out into the New Orleans community to stage free site specific performances of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot in the Katrina-devastated neighborhoods of Gentilly and the Lower Ninth Ward. The Times-Picayune, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Nation, Artforum and NPR all followed the story of Godot in New Orleans, calling the project “incisive,” “inspired,” “remarkable,” “exemplary,” “ever-inventive,” and “multifaceted… various in form and meaning, communal, physically ephemeral yet socially and politically continuing.” Director Christopher McElroen, along with members of the cast of Waiting for Godot, gives an engaging multimedia presentation about this extraordinary community development through the arts initiative.
Digging deeper and using Godot in New Orleans as a roadmap, McElroen speaks to the challenges of producing site-specific theatre and the importance of building community ownership of political and socially relevant art and theatre.

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Start Time: 15:00
Date: 2011-02-11