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

Recommended by

  • 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.
  • J.Stephen Brantley:
    18 Mar. 2018
    One of the funniest plays I've seen in years, and also surprisingly moving. The Underpants Godot is a love letter to theatre and the people who make it, but prior knowledge of Beckett's work is in no way prerequisite. More than a mere 'nothing's sacred' spoof, it's a clarion - or kazoo in a pinch - sounded to bring down the walls we build around our most precious cultural treasures. Hilarious, irreverent, and yes, sexy.
  • Gina Femia:
    12 Mar. 2018
    Witty, hilarious and poignant - I loved reading this play. I think it's a perfect play for any theatre to include in their season - cannot recommend more highly!

Character Information

  • Doug Albert
    30s-50s,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Gay 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
    ,
    Gay 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
    ,
    Gay 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
    ,
    Nearly Naked Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
    ,
    2018
  • Professional
    ,
    The Secret Theatre
    ,
    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