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-spirtual experiment and rejects any thought of inviting opinions or judgements on his hard-earned rock star life. Both 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.
Hollywood Fringe Festival Best Comedy Nominee
The TVolution.com Best Fringe Comedy Winner
Encore Producers’ Award Winner
After a successful run with the original cast of Jeff Blumberg (Lucky), Curt Collier (The Edge), Richard Lucas (Bono), and Bruno Oliver (Domingo), the producers are currently planning a follow-up staging. Theater producers or companies can call 310-497-2752 for more information.
“GODOT” MEETS U2 IN PARODY PREMIERING AT HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL
BONO AND THE EDGE WAITING FOR GODOMINO’S
Written and Directed by Richard Lucas
World premiered in the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival
HFF17 Best Comedy Nominee. HFF17 Encore Producers’ Award Winner.
Bono orders a pizza delivery to get back in touch with the Common Man…
As if 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, 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.” But his lifelong U2 bandmate, The Edge, wants no part of Bono’s socio-spirtual experiment and rejects any thought of inviting opinions or judgements on his hard-earned rock star life, though, at the same time, he cannot find the will to abandon his truest friend. Both struggle with the possible hypocrisies in their practices versus their policies as well as with some basic life mechanics, 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.
From the writer/director:
“Curt Collier (actor/The Edge) and I had done a sketch of this in the Serial Killers show at Sacred Fools,” writer/director Lucas explains. “When Serial Killers voted us back for a ’serialized’ second week, we all of a sudden had to go beyond just the premise. The set up of “Waiting for Godot” is socially pretty well known – the rest of the play maybe not so much. But the parodies I enjoy most are ones like “Young Frankenstein” and “Airplane!” that hug the original all the way through, rather than just the premise as a jumping off point, so that was the goal. 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 celebrity-royal might feel a moment of self-doubt or a pang of regret at having lost touch with reality, it should be fun.”
Sacred Fools Second Stage Theater
6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038 (wheelchair accessible, street parking)
PREVIEW Thu. June 1 – 8:00 PM
Sat. June 10 – 4:30 PM
Fri. June 16 – 9:30 PM
Sun. June 18 – 4:30 PM
Sat. June 24 – 7:00 PM
Fri. June 30 - 9:30 PM
Sat. July 1 - 10:00 PM
Tickets $15 go on sale May 1st at http://www.hff17.com/4432
Press/Industry comps available for every performance.
Discount codes at various times on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via the #hff17 and #Godominos hashtags.
“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!”
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
WINNER: Best Fringe Comedy
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