The Underpants Godot

In “The Underpants Godot”, a director named Doug is surreptitiously rehearsing for an avant-garde production of “Waiting for Godot” with the characters played by hot dudes in their underpants instead of old men. A representative from the Samuel Beckett estate crashes their dress rehearsal to investigate. The play is a meta-theatrical piece about the limits of adaptation and interpretation.
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The Underpants Godot

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  • Chris Gacinski:
    3 Mar. 2020
    Pflaster’s “The Underpants Godot” is a hilarious parody piece that chronicles a sexualized production of Beckett’s magnum opus “Waiting for Godot.” Although it is implied that the play is about Beckett’s famous work, Pflaster has written it in such a way that one does not need knowledge of the work to enjoy this piece. I’d love to see this staged, it’s sure to be a fun experience for actor and audience alike!
  • Mark Loewenstern:
    3 Feb. 2020
    This is a smart, fun, and provocative show, which both deeply honors and hilariously spoofs Beckett. It's also a wickedly blunt love letter to the theater and to comedy in general, telling some hard truths that you may not hear anywhere else. I've seen this show more than once and would see it again. It's had quite a few productions and deserves many more.
  • Adam Bertocci:
    28 Mar. 2019
    A delight for anyone who’s seen a million Shakespeares and is perpetually chasing that sweet spot between honoring the classic expectations and delving into new revelations… or, failing that, anyone who derives intense joy from an argument, whether one’s invoking the biggest, weightiest themes or the smallest technicalities. I admit that the title and the (seeming) gimmick is what got me to look into this piece, but it’s the ideas that kept me reading.

Character Information

  • Doug Albert
    30s-50s,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Male
    A director, putting on an avant-garde production of "Waiting for Godot", in which the characters are hot young men in their underwear.
  • Tara Gondleman
    30s-40s,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Female
    Representative of the Beckett Estate. Severe and frightening, but not without a fun side.
  • Tim O'Farrell
    20s-30s,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Male
    An actor, playing Vladimir in Waiting for Godot. Too young and good-looking for the role, really.
  • Mark Ransom
    20s-30s,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Male
    An actor, playing Estragon in Waiting for Godot. Too young and good-looking for the role, also.
  • Kevin Cooker
    20s-30s,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Male
    A long-suffering actor, playing Lucky in Waiting for Godot. Barely speaks.
  • Biff Shower
    20s-30s,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Male
    An annoying frat-guy kinda actor, playing Pozzo in Waiting for Godot. Probably unncessarily sexy.
  • Jenna
    Any Age,
    Any race
    ,
    Female
    A stage manager running tech for the production (may just be an offstage voice shouting from the tech booth)

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Theatre Rhinoceros
    ,
    2019
  • Professional
    ,
    The Secret Theatre
    ,
    2018
  • Professional
    ,
    Nearly Naked Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
    ,
    2018
  • Professional
    ,
    The Secret Theatre
    ,
    2016
  • Professional
    ,
    Secret Theatre UNFringed Festival - Winner, Best Play
    ,
    2015

Awards

Finalist
,
NYIT Award Nominations, Outstanding Play and Outstanding Supporting Actor
,
New York Innovative Theatre Awards
,
2017
Audience Choice
,
Best Play
,
The Secret Theatre
,
2015