West Side Show Room Buys Time By Producing Absurdist Comedy Rockfordians Can Relate To

PRESS RELEASE 05/15/2015

The West Side Show Room presents

Waiting For Godot a play by Samuel Beckett

Location: The Nordlof Center - 3rd Floor, 118 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61101

Dates: Saturday June 13
Sunday June 14
Saturday June 20
Sunday June 21

Time: 7pm

Tickets: $15 online, $20 at the door

Reserve Seats: www.thewestsideshowroom.com/tickets

Website: www.thewestsideshowroom.com

Contact: thewestsideshowroom@gmail.com

West Side Show Room Buys Time By Producing Absurdist Comedy Rockfordians Can Relate To

While waiting to open in a new location, The West Side Show Room is producing Samuel Becket's masterpiece of absurdist comedy Waiting for Godot at the Nordlof Center. Two tramps wait endlessly for the arrival of a man named Godot, who never arrives, passing the time by distracting themselves with increasingly comic situations. The play was recently revived on Broadway with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan.

Appearing as the tramps in The West Side Show Room's version are David Causey and Alex McIntyre, two veteran Rockford actors who will appear on stage together for the first time. “David and Alex make the perfect comic duo. I’m thrilled to be getting them together in this classic comedy” says director Mike Werckle. Causey was most recently seen as Mrs. Forrest in Psycho Beach Party at The West Side Show Room and as Godfrey Crump in Crumbs From The Table of Joy at Artists’ Ensemble. McIntyre last performed as Freddy Benson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Pec Playhouse. Rounding out the cast is West Side Show Room regular Carolyn Cadigan in the role of Pozzo, the pompous landowner, and Werckle as overburdened servant Lucky.

Four performances will be held Saturdays and Sundays, June 13-21, at 7pm on the 3rd floor of the Nordlof Center. Tickets are $15 online, and $20 at the door. Beer and wine bar will be provided by Kryptonite.

The West Side Show Room is currently performing at The Nordlof Center while it seeks a permanent home. The difficulty of finding a permanent space lies behind Werckle’s decision to stage Waiting For Godot. “In a way, ‘Godot’ is a precursor to ‘Seinfeld,’” Werckle says. “Nothing happens, but you laugh the whole time at the ridiculous situations the characters find themselves in.”

Werckle believes that Waiting For Godot will even have appeal beyond the most ardent theater supporters. “I’m sure many Rockfordians can relate to the idea of waiting for something that never arrives,” he says.

Waiting for Godot opens June 13th, 2015 at the Nordlof Center.

The West Side Show Room was founded by a diverse group of theater artists who are committed to bringing exciting, locally produced theater back to downtown Rockford. Waiting for Godot is their fifth play.

Mike Werckle (Artistic Director). Mike Werckle completed the intensive Foundation Acting Program at California Institute of the Arts, and received his BFA in Character Animation in 1992. After a long career in the video game industry, he earned his MFA in Film Production from The University of Texas in 2006. Using his mastery of both animation and film, Mike helped design thrilling sequences on films such as Superman Returns, Live Free or Die Hard, I Am Legend, Tropic Thunder, Machete, and Predators. Most recently, Mike worked on the dinosaur sequences for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival, 2011) and with Lana and Andrew Wachowski on Jupiter Ascending. In 2013, Mike opened The West Side Show Room in Rockford. He directed and acted in their first two plays: Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, and MilkMilkLemonade.

For more information please contact Mike Werckle at (512) 796-1772 or at thewestsideshowroom@gmail.com