David Friedman and FourScore Productions Presents GODOT HAS LEFT THE BUILDING; Previews begin June 16, 2006 Opening Night is June 22, 2006.
David Friedman and FourScore Productions present the New York premiere of GODOT HAS LEFT THE BUILDING, a play written by John Griffin. Featuring Edward Griffin, Bert Gurin, Gabriel Gutierrez and Scott David Nogi, GODOT HAS LEFT THE BUILDING comes to the Culture Project after a critically acclaimed run at The Lex Theatre in Los Angeles. Directed by Will Pomerantz, the play revisits many of the questions and themes once posed by Samuel Beckett in Waiting for Godot, while posing new ones brought about by the state of modern day affairs. GODOT HAS LEFT THE BUILDING begins preview performances on Friday, June 16, 2006 at 8pm. Opening Night is Thursday, June 22, 2006 at 7:00PM at 45 Below Theatre (45 Bleecker Street at Lafayette). This limited engagement will play through July 9, 2006.
Godot Has Left the Building follows the trials and tribulations of two men, Sebastian and Joe, who seem to be the only people alive in a landscape of broken computers and the detritus of modern life. Watch as they comically struggle to find meaning in their own micro-world, and the larger world around them.
Godot Has Left The Building will play the following performance schedule at 45 Below Theatre (45 Bleecker Street): Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8PM, & Sunday at 3PM. There will be no performance on Monday, July 3, 2006. Ticket prices are $15.00 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster (212.352.3101 or Theatermania.com) or in person at The Culture Project Box Office (45 Bleecker St. at Lafayette). Tickets are also available one hour before show time at the box office. For more information visit www.fourscoreproductions.com.
EDWARD GRIFFIN (Joe) created the role of Joe in the world premiere of Godot Has Left the Building at the Lex Theater in Los Angeles. He recently appeared in a reading of Trelawny of the Wells with Marian Seldes for The Acting Company. Off-Broadway: Widowers' Houses, The Merchant of Venice, The Rivals (Pearl Theater Company), The Triumph of Love, Henry V, Small Craft Warnings, Arms & the Man, The Marriage of Figaro and Oedipus (Jean Cocteau Repertory). Also, shows at Urban Stages, Blue Heron Arts Center, Currican and The Metropolitan Playhouse. Film: Armageddon for Andy. He is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
BERT GURIN (The Blind Old Man): Among the off-off-Broadway productions Bert has appeared in during the past eleven years are: The Diary of Anne Frank (Mr. Van Daan, Mr. Kraler) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Cheswick, Scanlon), Henry V (French king), Chekhov's The Bear (Looka), The Runner Stumbles (Toby Felker), Troilus and Cressida (Priam), Joe Pintauro's The Fur Hat (Don) and Bird of Ill Omen (Spook), Lysistrata (magistrate), Plaza Suite (Sam Nash /Roy Hubley), Beau Jest (Sam Goldman), Come Blow Your Horn (Harry Baker), Social Security (Maurice Koenig).
GABRIEL GUTIERREZ (The Artist) recently moved to New York from Los Angeles. Born and raised in Mexico, he dabbled in Mexico City's theater scene before leaving to study acting at the University of Southern California. He also studied at the British American Dramatic Academy in London. Some of his Los Angeles theater credits are David and Lisa, Bang Bang You're Dead, Tales of The Lost Formicans and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. TV credits include "Cracking Up" and "Still Standing." Film credits include the independent underground classic Mexican Werewolf in Texas.
SCOTT DAVID NOGI (Sebastian) created the role of Sebastian in the world premiere of Godot Has Left The Building at the Lex Theater in Los Angeles. New York: Jed Flynn - Dreaming of Norton (Theater Row), Pink Lady (EST), Tim - SubUrbia (Milagro Theater), Atlantic 453, HERE Arts Center, and more. Regional: Actor's Shakespeare Company, Dogwood Dell, and played the title character in the National Theater for the Performing Arts' tour of The Giver. TV/Film: "Chappelle's Show," "Norm," and various commercials. Scott is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and has studied with the Atlantic Theater Company and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (London).
JOHN GRIFFIN (Writer): Godot Has Left the Building is John's first full-length play for the stage, having had its world premiere in 2004 at the Lex Theater in Hollywood, California. Other produced works include the short plays Table for One and Bob's Big Day. Also a screenwriter, John has just completed work on an as-yet-untitled period/fantasy project for The Donato Film Group LTD., slated to go into production in the fall. John has worked as a freelance script analyst for various LA production companies and served as the Literary Manager for the Los Angeles based Blue Sphere Alliance theatre group
WILL POMERANTZ (Director) has directed and developed plays for The Public Theatre (A Free Man of Color by John Guare and The God Botherers by Richard Bean), Playwrights Horizons (Afterdark, by Kara Manning), Hartford Stage (Splitting Infinity by Jamie Pachino), New York Theatre Workshop (Glow by Ed Bok Lee), Ensemble Studio Theatre (Luminescence Dating by Carey Perloff) and Cocteau Rep (Crime and Punishment by Curt Columbus). He has worked with such organizations as The Signature Theatre, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Denver Center, The Mark Taper Forum, The Pittsburgh Public, The Studio Theatre and Soho Rep. Mr. Pomerantz has directed world premiere productions by such writers as John Guare, Julia Jordan, Sung Rno, Norman Allen and Kira Obolensky. His most recent production, 10 x 10, commissioned for the 100th Anniversary of The Juilliard School, included new plays by David Auburn, David Lindsay Abaire, Stephen Belber, Noah Haidle and Julia Cho. In addition to his work on new plays, Will has also directed texts by Chekhov, Ibsen, Strindberg, Wedekind, Shakespeare, Shaw and Sophocles.
GARIN MARSCHALL (Scene and Light Design): Recent dance: Fare Well (Danspace/Nugent+Matteson) and Scenes from a Wedding (Gabriella Barnstone). A Likeness (JoyceSoHo), Road Work (JoyceSoHo), Resurrection (National), and History of Private Life (Danspace). Recent theatre: Aphrodisiac (Longwharf), New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Plays '04, 05', Staceyann-Chin's Border/Clash (Culture Project), Aphrodisiac and The Internationalist (13P), Demon Baby and Crumble (Clubbed Thumb), Honor and the River (SPF '04), and Elizabeth Swados's Jabu (Flea) -nominated for 2005 Hewes Design Award. He is an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb and the Technical Director at the Culture Project. Upcoming projects include new work with 13P and Les Freres Corbusier. Love to Annie Mac.
NAOMI WOLFF (Costume Design): New York credits include: The Tutor, Unbound and The Belle's Stratagem with Prospect Theater Company, Welcome to Arroyo's at SPF, Suzanne Bradbeer's The Sleeping Girl, Malachy Walsh's The Chair and Sheila Callaghan's The Hunger Waltz with Relentless Theatre Company, The White House Plays with HB Playwrights, A for Adultery at the Beckett Theater, Twelfth Night and Machinal at Columbia University, and Nothing Up My Sleeve and Measure for Measure with The 52nd Street Project. Regional credits include Noah Haidle's A Long History of Neglect at Princeton University, Raft Made of Grass at Boston Playwrights Theater, Passion at the Boston Center for the Arts, and Jesse Kellerman's Fafrotskies. Naomi has her Costume Design MFA from Brandeis University and was the 2003 recipient of the Ruth Morley Prize for Excellence in Costume Design.
PATRICK WEAVER (Sound Design) has been a sound designer and sound engineer for theatre's such as Union County Arts Center in Rahway, NJ, Debaun Auditorium in Hoboken, NJ, and Lisner Auditorium in Washington DC. He has also been Technical Director for the New York Musical Theatre festival, In the Mood Live on tour, and the 50's doo-wop group The Duprees. He is the Production Manager for the Actor's Fund of America in New York City.
DAVID FRIEDMAN (Producer): Previous productions in New York include Tri Me: New Plays for Three (45 Below) and Warriors (The P.I.T.). David was also co-founder and managing director of the Actual Reality Theatre Co. in Cleveland, Ohio, where he produced Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, and Lines in the Sand. David is the General Manager of the Culture Project.
FOURSCORE PRODUCTIONS (Producer) is an independent association of actors, musicians and authors designed to provide an outlet and vehicle for artists of all types to bring their craft to life. Founded in 2004 and with operations in New York and Los Angeles, the company has supported a variety of projects ranging from stage to screen while its mission statement has remained simple - to support, celebrate and create art in its purest form. FourScore Productions is the synthesis of the idea. It is the making real of the dream. For more information, please visit www.fourscoreproductions.com.