Michael Shannon, Paul Sparks to lead 'Waiting for Godot' off Broadway

The production is part of Theatre for a New Audience's 2023-24 season, which is outlined in full below, at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

The Off-Broadway company Theatre for a New Audience, which presents inventive productions of classic and contemporary plays, has set its 2023-24 theatre season. The lineup includes a revival of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot starring Oscar and Tony Award nominee Michael Shannon and Emmy nominee Paul Sparks.

Shannon (Revolutionary Road, Nocturnal Animals) last took the New York stage in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune on Broadway in 2019. Sparks (House of Cards) wraps his latest Broadway run, as Henry in the thriller play Grey House, on July 30.

Arin Arbus directs the pair in Waiting for Godot, which also features Jeffrey Biehl as Lucky and Ajay Naidu as Pozzo. Performances run from November 4 to December 3.

TFANA's season also includes Prometheus Firebringer, a performance/lecture event connecting Greek tragedies with modern technology, from September 15 to October 1. The show is written, directed, and performed by Annie Dorsen.

From January 17 to February 18 is Public Obscenities, which played earlier in 2023 at Soho Rep. Shayok Misha Chowdhury's bilingual show, performed in Bangla and English, follows a student returning to his home in Kolkata, India with his Black American boyfriend. Chowdhury also directs.

Finally, Zinnie Harris directs her play Macbeth (an undoing), a reexamination of Shakespeare's tragedy, from April 5-28.

Photo credit: Michael Shannon and Paul Sparks. (Sparks photo credit by Max Farago)

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