Faculty and Professional Actors to Perform in HPU’s Presentation of ‘Waiting for Godot’

Waiting for GodotHIGH POINT, N.C., July 22, 2013 – Professional actors and faculty in the High Point University department of theatre will present the classic production of “Waiting for Godot.” The production will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 15-18, Aug. 23-25 and at 2 p.m. on Aug. 16 and 23 in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. It is open to the public and tickets are available for purchase. The proceeds from all performances will benefit HPU theatre scholarships.

“Waiting for Godot” is Samuel Beckett’s absurdist play about two men waiting for a guest who never arrives. The London Times called it “One of the most noble and moving plays of our generation.”

HPU’s production will be directed by Jay Putnam, assistant professor of theatre. It will star Ed Simpson, chair of the theatre department; Doug Brown, assistant professor of theatre; 9-year-old Trinity resident Landon Wall; and guest artists, David Wells and Michael Kamtman. The actors appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the actor’s and stage managers’ labor union.

Wells is one of the busiest character actors in Hollywood, appearing in more than 40 films and 65 television productions in his 30 years in the film industry. His film credits include “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Ali,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Basic Instinct,” and “Starship Troopers.” Television guest-starring roles include “House,” “Shameless,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “My Name is Earl,” “Big Love,” “Six Feet Under,” “CSI,” “Murphy Brown,” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” His stage work includes productions in New York, Los Angeles and throughout the U.S.

Kamtman has performed throughout the region including leading roles with the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Triad Stage, and The Paper Lantern Theatre.

Wall has appeared in film, television and several local stage productions at the High Point Community Theatre and The Lexington Theatre.

Following the Saturday night performances, there will be special gala receptions featuring a performance of a short one-act play, “Standing Up V and E,” a comic response to “Waiting for Godot” written by Simpson. The play will be presented by the apprentice company of HPU theatre majors including David Mikulay, Jared Goldenberg, Rachel Garrett, Justin Beard, Fiona White and Nina Yasick.

Tickets are $10 for general admission. Those interested in purchasing tickets may contact the HPU box office at Hayworth Fine Arts Center at 336-841-4673.

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