Paul Chan's "Waiting for Godot" in New Orleans

Inside Lagniappe: 'Waiting for Godot' on the streets of N.O.
Posted by Ann Maloney, A&E Editor November 01, 2007 11:04AM
Categories: Lagniappe editor's note

On a street corner in the ravaged Lower 9th Ward Friday night, gumbo will be spooned out, a brass band will be marching, lights will be blazing and crowds are expected to gather for a free, outdoor performance of 'Waiting for Godot' (The Arts, Page 18).
New Orleanian Wendell Pierce comes home in the cast of the play that will be staged on the streets of the 9th Ward this weekend, and in Gentilly next weekend -- both neighborhoods torn apart by the floods that followed Hurricane Katrina. Theater critic David Cuthbert remarks that many lines in Samuel Beckett's tragi-comedy 'Godot' text take on a deeper meaning in this city post-Katrina, especially when the actors perform them standing in the blighted landscape.
STAFF PHOTO BY JENNIFER ZDONEstragon, played by J Kyle Manzay, left, and Vladimir, played by Wendell Pierce, right, in the Lower 9th Ward at the site of the outdoor production of 'Waiting for Godot.'
Through the efforts of internationally known artist Paul Chan as well as Creative Time, an organization in New York that funds public art projects, director Christopher McElroen has been able to bring the play, which he staged in New York, to the city.
At the movies, two decidedly different, but much-anticipated films are opening. The drama 'American Gangster,' starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, probably will be Oscar contenders. And, Jerry Seinfeld's much-touted 'Bee Movie' finally offers something new for parents to bring the kiddies to see this weekend (The Screen, Page 4).
DVD writer Michael Kleinschrodt hasn't seen the 'Bee Movie' yet, but from among the films he has seen he has selected the five best animated films ever. See if you agree? (DVD, Page 11).
On the little screen, American Master's celebrates 'Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character' (TV, Page 12), with interviews and clips sure to tickle the funny bone.
Ready for a night of music? New Orleans Singer Phillip Manuel moves from jazz to R&B with a new CD, "PM," and he'll showcase cuts from it at Sweet Lorraine's on Saturday night (Music, Page 26).
Family traditions are big in the Big Easy and a new restaurant in town is continuing the Riccobono family's foray into restaurants, with Heather Riccobono and partners at the helm of the Cafe Navarre in Mid-City (Dining, Page 33).
Finally, book lovers will be streaming to Baton Rouge on Saturday for the Louisiana Book Festival, which includes readings in state legislators' chambers as well as book sales, food and music on the grounds of the Capitol. (Diversions, Page 13).
Ann Maloney, A&E editor, amaloney@timespicayune


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