Warten auf Godot © Arno Declair

Beckett’s Waiting for Godot is a classic of the Theatre of the Absurd. Two characters, Estragon and Vladimir, perform repetitious and meaningless actions and thus present the audience with the apprehensiveness and helplessness of waiting. Who is Godot? What is the meaning of waiting? Over the past half-century, many unique interpretations of this play have been performed around the world. This lecture invites Irish Literature specialist and Assistant Professor at National Taiwan University’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Huang Shan-Yun and Contemporary Legend Theatre Artistic Director, Wu Hsing-Kuo, who has previously interpreted Waiting for Godat in the style of Beijing Opera, to discuss the source of the work’s universal appeal.Wu Hsing-Kuo will also share his first-hand experience in interpreting the classic Faust,which Contemporary Legend Theatre will stage in September.