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Waiting for Godot

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Boots that J. Scott Smart wore in the role of Pozzo in the first American production of Waiting for Godot in Miami.

Beckett told Roger Blin, director of the play’s premiere performance in Paris, that the name “Godot” was suggested by the words godillots or godasses—French slang for boots—because of the “prominent role footwear enjoys in the play.”

 

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Photograph from the first Broadway production of Waiting for Godot at the John Golden Theatre in 1956, with Alvin Epstein as Lucky, Bert Lahr as Estragon, Jurt Kasznar as Pozzo, and E. G. Marshall as Vladimir, directed by Herbert Berghof.

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Photograph from the first Broadway production of Waiting for Godot at the John Golden Theatre in 1956, with Alvin Epstein as Lucky, Bert Lahr as Estragon, Jurt Kasznar as Pozzo, and E. G. Marshall as Vladimir, directed by Herbert Berghof.

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A playbill from the first Broadway production of Waiting for Godot at the John Golden Theatre in 1956, with Alvin Epstein as Lucky, Bert Lahr as Estragon, Jurt Kasznar as Pozzo, and E. G. Marshall as Vladimir, directed by Herbert Berghof.

 

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Photographs of the 1971 Alan Schneider production of Waiting for Godot at the Sheridan Square Playhouse in Greenwich Village, showing the actors who played Estragon and Vladimir during the run: Paul B. Price, Henderson Forsythe, Oliver Clark, Joey Faye, and Tom Ewell.

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Playbill for the 1971 Alan Schneider production of Waiting for Godot at the Sheridan Square Playhouse in Greenwich Village

 

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Illustrated brochure describing and picturing the rehearsals for the Berlin production of Warten auf Godot at the Schiller-Theater in Berlin in 1975. On January 8, 1975, Beckett wrote to George Reavey: “Here since late December directing Godot for the Schiller Theater (and my sins). If this doesn’t purge them nothing will. . . .We open—if ever—early March.”

 

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Photographs of the 1975 production of Warten auf Godot at the Schiller-Theater Werkstatt, Berlin, supervised by Beckett himself. Inscribed by all the members of the group and dated 8 Marz 1975.

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