Hello Hole in the Wall friends and family!
The time is nearly upon us to FINALLY open the doors back up to the public and entertain all of you with live theatrical entertainment! To prepare you for HITW’s production of Waiting for Godot, we decided to take a peak behind the curtain and talk to the talent on and off the stage. First up, let’s meet the mastermind behind our first show of the new season, the director, Steven Simpson.
It’s been over a year since staged productions have happened. What are you most looking forward to about returning to the stage after the pandemic?
Steven: The connection. I felt like the time was right for this play in particular. There is a yearning right now for live performance. There is such a yearning that I felt that this was a unique opportunity right now for a special audience empathy. Here we have two guys stuck in a void waiting to be delivered from their predicament. I think most of us can relate to that.
What brought you out to audition for Godot? And what role do you have in the production?
Steven: I usually attend auditions I direct.
How are you most like/unlike your character?
Steven: I have always related to Didi. He’s a big picture guy, the brains of the operation. He is dutiful and loyal, and he wears his soul on his sleeve. Probably a Capricorn now that I think about it.
All of the men in the show wear bowler hats. Is there a part of your wardrobe you always wear?
Steven: I feel naked without a fine watch. Swiss watches in particular. I can’t tell digital time.
What has been your favorite part or the most interesting part of the rehearsal process so far?
Steven: The laughs. This being the first comedic play I’ve directed I was concerned the humor might wane. I am delighted to report that it did not. These are some funny guys.
After rehearsing and putting together this production, who do you think Godot truly is?
Steven: Beats me.
If you were waiting for Godot how would you pass the time?
Steven: Play guitar and sing a song.
A big thank you to Steven for talking to us and for taking the helm and putting together our first live show in more than a year.
Much like the characters in this show, though, we must continue Waiting for Godot, which opens on Friday, July 16th. Tickets are available now, so don’t miss out. In the meantime, be sure to look for more interviews with the cast of this Tragicomedy in Two Acts.
As always, we wish for all of you to stay safe and we’ll see you on the stage!