The Drama Book Shop is pleased to welcome playwright Dave Hanson for a reading and signing of his play Waiting for Waiting for Godot on Thursday, April 6th, at 6:00pm. Hanson will be joined by Mark Bell (director of Broadway's madcap comedy The Play That Goes Wrong) for a reading of the play's first act. The event, free to the public, will be followed by a signing. Copies of the play, published by Oberon Books, will be available for purchase.
In Dave Hanson's Waiting for Waiting for Godot, two hapless understudies occupy their time backstage, trying to understand art, life, theatre and their precarious existence within it. Described as “delectable” by The New York Times and “gleefully absurd” by Time Out New York this hilariously witty comedy ponders Beckett, showbiz and just what on earth it’s all about. Turns out, the only people who truly understand Beckett’s Waiting For Godot, are the understudies.
Dave Hanson is a published writer, actor and comedian living in New York City, known for Waiting for Waiting For Godot, Inside Amy Schumer, and Chelsea Lately. As a playwright, Dave's full length comedy Waiting for Waiting For Godot was a hit with critics and audiences alike in the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival. His two one act plays, The Exit Interivew and Cafe d'Automatique, were produced and published in the C-10 play festival (2013 & 2014) in New York City. Dave is also a former writer and producer for Chelsea Lately on the E! Network, Inside Sports (Versus), Beer:30 (Versus) and Gene Pool (Fox). As an actor, Dave recently completed filming on the feature comedy Trainwreck, starring Amy Schumer, directed by Judd Apatow, for Universal Studios. Other TV & Film credits include Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central), The Onion News Network (IFC), Chelsea Lately (E!), The Ghost Whisperer (CBS), Carnivale (HBO), Gamers (Sideshow Prod.) & Sparks (Sideshow Prod.) New York theatre credits include Val in Waiting for Waiting For Godot (2013 NYC Fringe), Matt in Breaking Up With My Mom (C10), Rich in The French Waitress (Gene Frankel), Gene in His & Hers (ATA) and Michael Regan in The Boss (Metropolitan Playhouse), which was a New York Time's critic's pick. Dave is a permanent ensemble member of the Collective New York. He also writes and performs regularly with the New York sketch group The Shorts Show.
The Drama Book Shop, a 2011 Tony Award Honoree for Excellence in Theatre, is now celebrating its 100th Anniversary Year. The historic bookseller is located at 250 West 40th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Events are free to the public. For more information on this and other events, please visit www.dramabookshop.com.
PRAISE FOR WAITING FOR WAITING FOR GODOT...
"Two guys on a road waiting for a man they’ve never met who never comes? Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” of course. Two understudies backstage waiting for their chance to go on — a seriously unlikely prospect — in a production of “Waiting for Godot”? That is Dave Hanson’s delectable “Waiting for Waiting for Godot.” - New York Times
"Who has it worse than Vladimir and Estragon, the two poor saps caught in the gears of existential ennui in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot? The two guys understudying the part of Vladimir and Estragon, of course." - Time Out NY
"Dave Hanson’s artful parody, Waiting for Waiting for Godot...is now getting its South Florida premiere at The Vanguard, courtesy of Fort Lauderdale’s Thinking Cap Theatre. Here’s betting that anyone who knows Godot, loves comedy and/or has worked in theater will adore it... Waiting for Waiting for Godot is a kind of laugh-filled love letter to those who wait in theater..." - Miami Herald