season for Star Bar
by Kate Jonuska
The wait for the Star Bar players' 2010 -
2011 season is over, and yet, in a way, the waiting has just begun:
The company's ambitious opening show is Samuel Beckett's existential
masterpiece Waiting for Godot, which runs through Nov. 20
at the troupe's new home, the Attitudes Performing Arts Center, 1506
N. Hancock Ave, near Patty Jewett Golf Course.
"It's a definitive piece of theater that
almost nobody does," says Alysabeth Clements Mosley, Star Bar's
"We wanted for Star Bar to hit the ground
running. We didn't want to take baby steps, and we're not going to
be doing easy."
Famous for being a play about nothing, this
production of Waiting for Godot
will be suitably sparse, with only a
tree, a rock and little else on stage as the four main actors wait
for the character Godot to arrive. But simultaneously, their
pass-the-time conversations about both the mundane and the
transcendent are rich with meaning and a goldmine of depth for
"I think this is the most challenging,
exhausting thing I've done," says Sammy Gleason, who plays Lucky, an
aged former teacher and philosopher led around the stage on a leash.
While essentially devoid of action, he calls the play a beautifully
expressed bit of nothing, and dismisses the notion that it's purely
"When people hear about it, people think it
must be slow and boring and not fun to go to, and that's not true,"
says Gleason. "There is so much humor here. It's dry, but it's
hilarious, almost Vaudevillian."
"It's dynamic and very comic, at every
moment. It's not the hard work that people think it is," says
Clements Mosley, who thinks of Beckett as one of theatre's greatest
wits. "Even if the subject matter is deep, with the approach,
(Beckett) does all the work for you and you sit back and enjoy."
After acting out the waiting on stage,
Gleason says, "I think (the play) is an admonishment against not
taking an active role in your life and your dreams and what you want
Giving up on dreams is certainly not the
Star Bar Players' style. Founded in 1972, the troupe has persevered
despite numerous adversities, including a 2009 - 2010 season with no
permanent venue. At Attitudes
Performing Arts Center, Star Bar will benefit from a larger but
still intimate space for this year's four-show season.
"Star Bar's tradition is doing a lot with a
little," says Clements Mosley, which is perhaps why the company is
aiming to make a play about nothing mean so much to audiences.
"I want people to walk away having that
under their belt, having another cultural notch on their belt, and
also think it was wonderful and