A Production Notebook On Waiting For Godot

Date of Graduation

Spring 1975


Master of Arts


Theatre and Dance

Committee Chair

Howard Orms


In February of 1975 a production of Waiting for Godot was performed six nights in repertory in the three-quarter round Craig Hall Balcony Theatre on the campus of Southwest Missouri State University. The prompt book, comprising the first one hundred and twelve pages of this thesis, diagrams the blocking, notes much of the business and bits used, and sets down the rhythms, intonations, and intensities, the technical effects, and other matter related to the production. There is a brief discussion of certain aspects of the script. It is neither a well balanced nor an indepth study; to be perfectly objective and comprehensive about Waiting for Godot one should say either a great deal or absolutely nothing. There is no in-between area when dealing with a theme which encompasses so much. The notes and observations represent only a short, subjective review of a few of the points which helped guide toward a workable concept for the production. (For a close textual analysis of the play the reader should refer to the handwritten notations in the prompt book.) Three aspects of the script are examined: first, the externals; second, the characters; and third, the theme.

Subject Categories

Theatre and Performance Studies


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