Bono orders a pizza delivery to get back in touch with the Common Man…
“We have asked for the pizza to come, and we have to believe that it will come — because we have asked.”
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.
NAMBA Performing Arts Space is proud to present 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 Olive, the 65-min play will be onstage for two nights only, February 15-16, 2019 at Namba, 47 So. Oak Street in Historic Downtown Ventura.
Bono and The Edge Waiting for Godomino’s had its world premiere at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival, was extended with a six-week run at The Whitefire Theatre in fall 2017, completed its third Los Angeles area run with six weeks at the Write Act Repertory at The Brickhouse Theatre in the spring of 2018, and played their first two nights “on the road” to full houses at PianoFight in San Francisco. The show has garnered several awards and nominations including “Best Comedy” and “Encore Producer’s Award” at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, 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.”