Seattle Rep Cancels Broadway Bound 'Waiting for Godot' With Irwin

Seattle Repertory Theatre has cancelled their production of the Broadway bound Waiting for Godot due to the loss of a financial backer. Actor Bill Irwin was set to star in production, scheduled to open on January 15th and run through February 14th. The theater has replaced the production with Athol Fugard's Road to Mecca, directed by Leigh Silverman.

The theatre also announced they would replace the previously announced Rollick with NPR humorist Kevin Kling in Breaking Hearts and Taking Names.

The rest of Seattle Rep's 2008-09 will include:

In the Bagley Wright Theatre

The Three Musketeers
by Ken Ludwig
October 2 – November 15, 2008
Bring your family to this fresh, fast-paced, and funny adaptation of one of literature’s most thrilling
romantic adventures. The dashing musketeers swashbuckle their way through nefarious villains,
international intrigue, and exotic ladies. There is something for everyone in this exhilarating quest that brings new meaning to the phrase, “All for one and one for all!”

You Can’t Take It With You

by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart

November 28, 2008 – January 3, 2009

Alice will do whatever it takes to get the approval of her new boyfriend’s rich, conservative parents. But when the prospective in-laws come to dinner, her eccentric family of oddball artists and inventive entrepreneurs isn’t so keen on playing normal. An all-star Seattle cast will bring to life this signature work by two pioneers of classic American comedy.

The Seafarer
by Connor McPherson
February 26 – March 28, 2009
In this darkly compelling recent Broadway hit, four old friends gather to face the holidays the only way
they know how—"under the influence." When a mysterious stranger arrives, the men find themselves
playing a game of cards with damningly high stakes. One of them must give the devil his due in this
surprisingly funny and uplifting Irish tale of Christmas redemption.

A Winter People
by Chay Yew
April 9 – May 9, 2009
In Chay Yew’s achingly beautiful and emotionally powerful adaptation, matriarch Xia leaves America
to return home to pre-communist China where she discovers the ancient family estate where she grew up is facing financial ruin. Threatened with the loss of her property and the deterioration of her traditional values in changing times, Xia struggles against impossible odds to buy back her home and keep her family intact. This is a bold new look at Anton Chekhov’s celebrated classic.

In the Leo K. Theatre

The Night Watcher
by Charlayne Woodard
September 25 – October 26, 2008
Playwright and actress Charlayne Woodard (Pretty Fire, Purgatorio) and director Dan Sullivan return to Seattle Rep with Woodard’s new, inspiring one-woman show. Aunt, godmother and friend to countless kids, Woodard beautifully weaves together stories of the ordinary and extraordinary things she’s done to mentor the children in her life.

by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
November 13 – December 14, 2008
A marine biologist calculates that the end of the world is near and posts an online personals ad, hoping to find a girl that will help him ensure the survival of the species. But when push comes to shove, saving life on earth on the first date proves to be a bit of a challenge. Exciting new playwright Nachtrieb brings us this funny, slightly warped and ultimately hopeful look at the apocalypse.

by Harold Pinter
March 26 – April 26, 2009
A woman’s illicit relationship with her husband’s best friend is played out in reverse, from the end of the affair to their first encounter. As the play unfolds backwards in time, Pinter’s innovative structure and spare language paint an unflinching and riveting portrait of deception.

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