“GODOT” MEETS U2 IN PARODY PREMIERING AT HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL
BONO AND THE EDGE WAITING FOR GODOMINO’S
Written and Directed by Richard Lucas
World premiered in the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival
HFF17 Best Comedy Nominee. HFF17 Encore Producers’ Award Winner.
Bono orders a pizza delivery to get back in touch with the Common Man…
As if Beckett’s absurdist classic, “Waiting for Godot,” wasn’t absurd enough, writer/director Richard Lucas flips the script as U2’s Bono orders a pizza delivery in hopes of getting back in touch with the Common Man. Beckett’s theme of faith against nihilism is brought to life in opposite form as the single-named Bono, a veritable celebrity culture god-on-earth, feels lost and empty in the "trappings” of his own riches and fame. Wracked with guilt and fearing that he’s lost connection with his working-class roots, Bono awaits a pizza delivery in the hopes of conversing with the delivery person about living a “real life.” But his lifelong U2 bandmate, The Edge, wants no part of Bono’s socio-spirtual experiment and rejects any thought of inviting opinions or judgements on his hard-earned rock star life, though, at the same time, he cannot find the will to abandon his truest friend. Both struggle with the possible hypocrisies in their practices versus their policies as well as with some basic life mechanics, such as how to pay for a pizza and what it might cost, in this comedy that skewers celebrity culture, blind faith, and pretentious theater while searching for the meaning of art in a hyper-capitalist society.
From the writer/director:
“Curt Collier (actor/The Edge) and I had done a sketch of this in the Serial Killers show at Sacred Fools,” writer/director Lucas explains. “When Serial Killers voted us back for a ’serialized’ second week, we all of a sudden had to go beyond just the premise. The set up of “Waiting for Godot” is socially pretty well known – the rest of the play maybe not so much. But the parodies I enjoy most are ones like “Young Frankenstein” and “Airplane!” that hug the original all the way through, rather than just the premise as a jumping off point, so that was the goal. That said, no one needs to have written a thesis on Godot to enjoy our version. As long as one can imagine the off chance that a celebrity-royal might feel a moment of self-doubt or a pang of regret at having lost touch with reality, it should be fun.”
Sacred Fools Second Stage Theater
6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038 (wheelchair accessible, street parking)
PREVIEW Thu. June 1 – 8:00 PM
Sat. June 10 – 4:30 PM
Fri. June 16 – 9:30 PM
Sun. June 18 – 4:30 PM
Sat. June 24 – 7:00 PM
Tickets $15 go on sale May 1st at http://www.hff17.com/4432
Press/Industry comps available for every performance.
Discount codes at various times on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via the #hff17 and #Godominos hashtags.