Presented by: New Yiddish Rep

Directed by: Moshe Yassur

In Yiddish with English supertitles

Direct from the Beckett Festival in Northern Ireland...New Yiddish Rep's groundbreaking production returns to New York as part of the 2014 Origin's 1st Irish Festival. 12 performances only!

If this production doesn’t render the play in its true language of origin (as some have claimed), the production does, with haunting resonance, return “Godot” to the historical context of post WW II Europe in which Beckett was writing, in effect tracing it to its elemental moral and social roots. Beckett, a member of the French Resistance, wrote the play in French in ’48-’49.
"Audacious... a revelation!" - The Forward
“A production of zeal and intelligence! Hilarious and merciless! Essentially it’s perfect Beckett.” - The New Yorker
Director Moshe Yassur, a veteran of both the Yiddish and modern theatre, notes that this production “is particularly Jewish, the characters are Holocaust survivors, they are facing the unimaginable, and they are waiting for answers that may not come. Yiddish, the language of laughter and tears, captures this sound, this feeling like no other language.”
The authorized translation is by Shane Baker, a leading expert on Yiddish vaudeville and theatre who is an Episcopalian from Kansas City. Go figure. Joining the production’s distinguished multilingual and multi-ethnic New York cast as Pozzo is Allen Lewis Rickman (Coen Brothers’s “A Serious Man” and television’s "Boardwalk Empire"). Returning cast members include Rafael Goldwaser, who runs Théatre en l’Air in Strasbourg, France, as Lucky, and, as the hapless hobos Shane Baker, as Vladimir, and New Yiddish Rep’s artistic director David Mandelbaum, as Estragon. The 10-year-old Nicholas Jenkins, as the boy, also continues with the production.


Somewhat astonishingly, one of the most enigmatic plays of the 20th century — Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” — is now making new sense. In Yiddish.

The New Yiddish Rep’s much-lauded world premiere of “Vartn af Godo,” a surprise hit of the 2013-14 season, returns to New York after its European premiere at the 3rd annual Happy Days Enniskillen International

By Samuel Beckett
Translated by Shane Baker
Cast: Shane Baker,Rafael Goldwaser, Nicholas Jenkins, David Mandelbaum,  Allen Lewis Rickman,

Sept 4 – 21, Thurs thru Sat  at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm.

$65 & $45 Reservations: 212-868-4444

Opening: Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Closing: Sunday, September 21st, 2014


  • $45.00 Regular | $20.00 Student | $65.00 Premium


  • Fri, Sep 19 | 19:30
    Sat, Sep 20 | 19:30
    Sun, Sep 21 | 14:00

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