"Employing Samuel Beckett’s absurdist play Waiting for Godot, Writer/Director Richard Lucas’ stingingly clever and sharply funny Bono and the Edge Waiting for Godomino’s mocked the absurdity of fame and stardom by transposing Beckett’s two tramps to Bono and David Evans of the rock band U2. Performed to prickly perfection by Lucas, Curt Collier, Jeff Blumberg and Bruno Oliver."
Bono orders a pizza delivery to get back in touch with the Common Man.
In this parody of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” the script is flipped as Bono, wracked with guilt over his own success and fear of having lost touch with his working class roots, orders a pizza delivery to his castle in the hopes of conversing with the delivery person about living a “real life.” But Bono’s lifelong U2 bandmate, guitarist The Edge, wants no part of his socio-spiritual experiment and rejects any thought of inviting opinions or judgments on his hard-earned rock star life. Both men struggle with the possible hypocrisies in their practices versus their policies in a funny and surprisingly deep comedy that skewers celebrity culture, blind faith, and pretentious theater while searching for the meaning of art in a hyper-capitalist society.
WORLD PREMIERED AT THE 2017 HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL
Six weeks at The Whitefire Theatre, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA
Six weeks at Write Act Repertory at The Brick Houe Theatre, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
The TVolution.com Best Fringe Comedy Winner
Encore Producers’ Award Winner
BEST OF LOS ANGELES THEATRE 2017 LIST - TheTVolution.com
Best Featured Actor Nominee - Bruno Oliver as Domingo - Valley Theatre Awards
***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***
APRIL 21, 2018 – MAY 26, 2018
Los Angeles, CA (North Hollywood and surrounding areas)
Burbank / Hollywood / Los Feliz / Sherman Oaks / Studio City
Press Contact: Anne Mesa | 310.721.9660 | AnneMesa@writeactrep.org
Write Act Repertory presents
BONO AND THE EDGE WAITING FOR GODOMINO’S
Producers Anne Mesa and John Lant proudly present a U2 parody by Richard Lucas of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, April 21-May 26, 2018, Saturdays at 4pm.
"We have asked for the pizza to come, and we have to believe that it will come
— because we have asked.”
Bono orders a pizza delivery to get back in touch with the Common Man…
A satire on celebrity culture wrapped in a modern-day parody of ‘Godot’ with questions on art, on being, and on one’s purpose in an absurd, humorous and familiar tune.
North Hollywood, CA (April-May 2018): Write Act Repertory’s Producing Artistic Director John Lant and Producer Anne Mesa are proud to present a limited engagement of Bono and The Edge Waiting for Godomino’s, a clever and ingenious new take on Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, written and directed by Richard Lucas, starring Jeff Blumberg, Curt Collier, Richard Lucas, and Bruno Oliver at The Brickhouse Theatre in the heart of the NOHO Theatre Arts District. The 70-min play had its world premiere at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival and was extended with a six-week run at The Whitefire Theatre in Fall 2017. The show garnered several awards and nominations including “Best Comedy,” “Encore Producer’s Award,” and TheTVolution.com’s “2017 Best of Los Angeles Theatre” list.
As if Samuel 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 icon, who 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.” His lifelong U2 bandmate, The Edge, wants no part of Bono’s socio-spiritual experiment and rejects any thought of inviting opinions or judgments on his hard-earned rock star life, yet he cannot find the will to abandon his truest friend, Bono. Both struggle with the possible hypocrisies in their practices versus their policies as well as some basic everyday tasks, 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.
Writer/director Richard Lucas says, “It’s a satire on celebrity culture wrapped in a ridiculous 180-degree parody of ‘Godot.’ The set-up of Waiting for Godot is socially pretty well known – the rest of the play, maybe not so much. 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 mega celebrity might feel a moment of self-doubt or a pang of regret at having lost touch with reality, it should be fun.”
Bono and The Edge Waiting for Godomino’s was conceived at the “Serial Killers” show at Sacred Fools, which led to its premiere at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival, where it instantly became an audience favorite and had a highly successful run. Due to its popularity, the show garnered an extension at The Whitefire Theatre in the Fall of the same year and returns now as a special “pop-up” run at Write Act Repertory, just in time for U2’s Los Angeles concerts in May.
For more information on the show, visit www.WaitingForGodominos.com.
About the playwright: Richard Lucas is a Los Angeles-based writer, actor, comedian, and storyteller. His first book, The Dog Log, a comedic memoir about living next to a barking dog, is being published by The Chicago Review Press and is due for release in early 2019. For more info, visit http://www.RichardLucasComedy.com.
“LOVED this show soooo much!!… insanely clever writing paired with an incredible ensemble… Trust me — this is a show you REALLY want to see! It’s a MUST!!!”
“Brilliant takedown of pretentious celebrity culture!… Really fun... a play that said something in a pointed way. All the actors were great.”
“A scathingly funny commentary… If you’re going to see any play at the Fringe, I’d definitely recommend this one!”
“Tightly directed with excellent performances from all… worth seeing a second time.”
“…You WILL have a blast at this show… Stood Godot on its head… Terrific satire. Go see it!”
“Inventive satire… deftly skewers the Bono cult, celebrity culture and the existential woe of Godot in one hour!… This is a great show!”
“Quality cast. Silly and weird. Perfect… Loved the characters and the concept, and the evening… Go/dot!”
“…Brilliant idea, deftly expressed with great staging and acting. A snazzy update of a dusty classic.”
“…Trippy, irreverent, brilliant satire that stands its ridiculous ground the whole way through.”
"Executed perfectly… had me doubled over, and was also very thoughtful... Richard Lucas has created a bizarre new genre of post-modern-absurdism. It’s nothing short of genius.”
“This show rocks!… absurd handling of its already absurd plot to near perfection. Surprisingly poignant and deliciously satirical... Superbly acted, well written and executed with flair and confidence that should be celebrated.”
“The writing was excellent, smart, and hilarious— nailed the tone of Godot but also captured the silliness of the whole situation… A perfect parody with just the right dose of hilarity and heart. World-class acting… You’ll be totally transfixed by this immensely talented cast.”
"A brisk, hilarious, thoughtful production you should definitely add to your 'must-see' list.”
“Brilliant writing, great direction, great casting… Perfect production… top-notch comic flair and rock star lampoon... laughed so hard I thought I was going to injure the people sitting in front of me.”
“…The cast had the audience cracking up throughout the performance! This is a must see, one of the best of the fringe!”
“Incredible merging of Beckett and Bono!…Great performances… We were laughing so hard our faces were wet.”
“Really well-written, well-acted and absolutely hilarious!”
“Rarely do you get the gift of a show so well crafted in this style, with actors fully capable of living it out. Definitely a “must see” in my book!”
"9 out of 10: EXCEPTIONAL SHOW - …a great job translating the thoughts and questions from the original into such a modern day scenario…”
REVIEW from NoHoArtsDistrict.com
U2 Fans will love "Bono and the Edge Waiting for Godomino’s"
The Hollywood Fringe award winner has undergone some creative retooling for its latest colorful incarnation. "Bono and the Edge Waiting for Godomino's" pokes fun at the rich and famous without getting mean and is an inventive, clever, cool and classy parody of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting For Godot," featuring an excellent and colorful cast. Richard Lucas is the likeable, pontificating, genius, Bono. Curt Collier is brooding, musical partner/debate partner, The Edge. Bruno Oliver is the larger than life Domingo and Jeff Blumberg is the hilarious Lucky. There are also a few clever music parodies in the mix as well. The creative 60-minute piece was written and directed by Richard Lucas, who dresses sharply as the poetic, self-questioning rock icon and pontificates well and humorously in the role.
The premise is simple, superstars Bono and The Edge decide to order pizza by themselves, delivered to their castle, so that they can get in touch with how the other half lives. I guess this is an uncommon activity for rock stars - I'm not sure. In this story, it’s clearly out of their realm and a major challenge, resulting in an original and entertaining show which I recommend checking out.
Before making its debut in last summer's Hollywood Fringe Festival, the show was first presented years ago in sketch form at a small comedy room on Melrose called The Fake.
The show plays Saturday nights at 10pm and has the potential to become a cult favorite. I wonder if members of U2's inner circle have seen it - an endorsement from them would be great. - HARRISON HELD
Journalist Karen Lindell presents follow-up interviews with writer/director Richard Lucas and others on "Godomino's," U2, celebrity culture, and Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot.'
REVIEW from NoHoArtsDistrict.com - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
The Write Act Repertory Presents “Bono and The Edge Waiting for Godomino’s”
Well, I think I now know what all the fuss was about at last year's Hollywood Fringe and beyond - “Best Comedy,” “Encore Producer’s Award,” and TheTVolution.com’s “2017 Best of Los Angeles Theatre” list.
“Bono and The Edge Waiting for Godomino’s” is a surrealist's parody of the existentialist's dream, “Waiting For Godot,” by Samuel Becket. Bono and The Edge are at home in their Malibu castle. Bono orders a pizza, and, unclear exactly what to expect, he has his servants lay candles the length of his driveway to welcome the driver and they wait. Bono waits to meet a common man, having many questions on how real people live. He’s apparently very out of touch, fame having isolated him from reality. The Edge waits for the food…he is hungry.
As in the original version, the two of them seem almost childlike. But these two familiar characters are removed from our world, in self-imposed elitism, while simplifying their daily lives and allowing them the creative room to be brilliant at their art. They have long since lost touch with what is truly real and they ache for it.
And so they wait, for Godomino’s pizza, for forgiveness, for enlightenment, with the occasional burst of music and the bending of U2 lyrics to their predicament. A neighbor stops by, uninvited of course, with his erstwhile assistant, and the plot really thickens.
If you enjoy dark humor, mindless verbosity and tragic comedy all with a bit of pop musical theology then this particular psychological play on the most significant English language play of the 20th century may be right up your proverbial alley. I found it to be a brilliant, playful, whimsically tragic comedy. In short, I loved it. The performances are impeccable. Strange, aloof, twisted and intense. Just the thing for a sleepy Saturday afternoon in NoHo. Bravo, Bono… - SAMANTHA SIMMONDS-RONCEROS
REVIEW from FringeReview.co.uk
Beckett Parody Featuring U2 and Pizza Front and Center
In one of the silliest mash-ups to hit the Hollywood Fringe this year, U2’s star frontmen wait desperately for the arrival of a Godomino’s pizza. After a lifetime of living as a rock legend, Bono hopes that meeting an ordinary pizza delivery person will help put him back in touch with the common man. The Edge is just hungry. This is not the first parody of Beckett’s “Waiting For Godot” I’ve ever seen, but it may be the last because I’m not sure it can get any better than this.
Writer and director Richard Lucas plays Bono, a man whose fame and fortune has left him in an existential malaise. As he waits impatiently for his pizza to arrive, he also keeps his bandmate The Edge, played by Curt Collier, from sating his own hunger by eating a turnip. Collier is downright sweet as the childlike and edgeless Edge (whimpering such pitiful lines as “This castle is the only place where I know the pizza is not”) and playing excellent counterpoint to Lucas’s deep-feeling and shallow-thinking Bono. The two make a great pair. Bruno Oliver barnstorms the stage as the nearly-philosophical Domingo, challenging the minds of our heroes with his cryptic logic. Jeff Blumberg as Lucky, Domingo’s unlucky, rope-tethered servant makes able use of his expressive eyes as he spouts his own babbling nonsense.
After an all-too-brief run during “Serial Killers,” Sacred Fools Theater’s on-going late-night theater competition, “Bono and The Edge Waiting For Godomino’s” finally gets the platform in deserves. If you like absurd silliness, treat yourself to this gem of a show. But do not watch this show hungry, otherwise the existential suffering Bono and The Edge endure as they yearn for the pizza’s arrival will be your suffering as well. - ZACHARY BERNSTEIN
Jeff Blumberg and Bruno Oliver
REVIEW from TheTVolution.com
WINNER: Best Fringe Comedy. Best of Los Angeles Theatre 2017 List
Is “Bono and the Edge: Waiting for Godomino’s” Time Well Spent?
Bono and the Edge Waiting for Godomino’s by writer/director Richard Lucas approaches being the ultimate Fringe offering. Like the legendary shows Beyond the Fringe, The Mighty Boosh, Bing Hitler, Lucas has served up a dish both cerebral and madcap and pulls it off brilliantly.
The recipe is rather basic: Take Samuel Beckett’s absurdist masterpiece Waiting for Godot and make it even more absurd by transposing the characters of Estragon and Vladimir with Bono and David Evans (aka The Edge) of the iconic Irish rock band U2.
Makes perfect sense to me.
With Lucas doing such a spot-on Bono that the Irish rocker could shave by him, and Curt Collier as The Edge/Go-Go, the evening is a wickedly amusing mix of references to the Beckett play and the lifestyle of the rich and famous. Where the absurdity ends or begins is anyone’s guess.
With Jeff Blumberg as Lucky and Bruno Oliver as Domingo, (their Malibu neighbors filling out the solid cast), Lucas’ two “tramps” are not waiting for existentialism, laden with scriptural allusions throwing a Jungian shadow as Godot: They’re waiting for a pizza.
Well, okay, pizza can be kinda existential.
What is delivered is remarkably silly and entertaining fun.
For being so tasty: a PLATINUM MEDAL. - ERNEST KEARNEY
REVIEW from GiaOnTheMove.com
Pizza Plus Beckett Equals: Godomino’s!
As a spoof on playwright Samuel Beckett’s tragicomedy, En attendant Godot, Bono and The Edge Waiting For Godomino’s currently at the Whitefire Theatre, is mind-bogglingly spot on. I mean, the writing is pretty perfect. So are the characterizations and everything else.
Beckett’s, Waiting for Godot (GOD-oh), where two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait for the appearance of someone named Godot who never arrives, and engage in a variety of discussions while waiting, has been carefully kept as elemental and stripped down to bare metaphors and tropes and music interludes of hit songs on guitar, by writer/director Richard Lucas who also stars as the lead figure, save the fact that we know exactly who the main characters are.
Instead of Vladimir and Estragon, who in the original have no descriptions at all except that one is a bit heavy and that they are hobos, we have universally renowned rock music icon Bono and lifelong U2 band mate, guitarist, The Edge.
And while in Beckett’s two-act play, the two men are anticipating the arrival of someone named Godot, Bono and The Edge likewise stay for a Domino’s Pizza Delivery guy who has yet to come.
Bono orders a pizza delivery to get back in touch with the Common Man, wracked with guilt over his own success and fear of having lost touch with his working class roots. But they’ve never actually had to order a pizza before. It’s always been provided for them everywhere they’ve toured. The action of making a phone call, to a mysterious pizza house, with a number they’re not sure is correct, for a pizza they’re not sure is even good, all the while dealing with hunger pangs they’ve never felt before, all becomes an existential test of patience and irrational rationalization about why waiting is the most satisfaction they can hope for. They speculate on the potential rewards of continuing to wait for the pizza. But can come to no definite conclusions as to why they actually should wait; or forgo the temptation of a turnip The Edge has hidden in his pocket; or why not just leave the house and find the delivery guy who must surely be on his way by now. These guys are hungry. Seriously, when are they going to eat?
With the arrival of Lucky and Domingo, things don’t actually get better. Nobody knows what Lucky is actually supposed to be doing or thinking or what Domingo is actually wanting.
It has come to be understood that the greater part of Godot’s success came down to the fact that it was open to a variety of readings and interpretations and that this was not necessarily a bad thing.
Bono and the Edge, Waiting For Godomino’s is no less intensely vague and specific. Hell if I know what any of this means…except I do…exactly…just not cerebrally…and more nonsensically…in a way that makes perfect sense.
Highly Recommended - TRACEY PALEO