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Rick Cluchey Collection of Waiting for Godot Materials (VMF237)

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Waiting for Godot. New York: Grove Press, 1954

Waiting for Godot. New York: Grove Press, 1954

Program for the 1965 Production of Waiting for Godot at the Schiller-Theater, Berlin. Berlin: 1965



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Title: Rick Cluchey Collection of Waiting for Godot Materials (VMF237), 1954-1965Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1954-1965

ID: MSS/VMF/237

Primary Creator: Beckett, Samuel (1906-1989)

Extent: 3.0 Items

Date Acquired: 07/01/2014

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of three items: Waiting for Godot prompt book was used for the landmark 1975 Berlin production at the Schiller-Theater that Beckett himself directed; Waiting for Godot prompt book directly reflecting the significant, Beckett-generated emandations the author made to the 1975 version; and a program for the 1965 Production of Waiting for Godot at the Schiller-Theater

Collection Historical Note

From the collection of American actor and noted Samuel Beckett performer Rich Cluchey, who had been serving a life sentence for kidnapping and robbery at California’s San Quentin prison when he saw a visiting production of Waiting for Godot in 1957.  Inspired by the performance, Cluchey and several other inmates soon formed a dramatic troupe called the San Quentin Drama Workshop, and Waiting for Godot was the first play staged by the company. It became known for its dedication to Beckett’s play, in particular the cycle of Waiting for Godot, Endgame, and Krapp’s Last Tape, and after Cluchey’s parole in 1966, a reformed SQDW continued performing Beckett throughout the United States and Europe.

Beckett had been aware of the play’s unusual connection with prisoners since 1954, after he received a letter from an inmate about a 1953 production of Waiting for Godot at the Lüttringhausen Prison in Germany. Intensely moved by the man’s reaction, Beckett became singularly attentive to performances of his plays by prisoners. He became involved with the SQDW following Cluchey’s December 1974 invitation to the author to attend a Workshop performance of Endgame in Paris, and Beckett would go on to personally direct Cluchey in Krapp’s Last Tape in Berlin in 1977, and in Endgame in London in 1980 (along with Cluchey’s wife, Teresita Garcia Suro). Outside the theatre, a warm, personal relationship developed between Beckett and the Clucheys, with the playwright providing financial and moral support to them over a period of many years, and Cluchey and Garcia Suro naming their son after him.

From Glenn Horowitz Bookseller description

Administrative Information

Repository: MSS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collections must read and abide by the Reading Room and Reproduction Policy.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of Intent to Quote from or Publish Manuscript Materials.

All publication not covered by fair use restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.

Acquisition Source: Purchase from Glenn Horowitz Bookseller

Acquisition Method: Accession number 2014.016

Related Materials: See also the Samuel Beckett Papers (MSS008), the Samuel Beckett Ephemera (VMF014) and the Samuel Beckett Posters (VMF233)

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Other Note: Transferred to Rare Books. PR6003.E255 E513 1954


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Item 3: Program for the 1965 Production of Waiting for Godot at the Schiller-Theater, Berlin. Berlin: 1965Add to your cart.

8vo.; one single sheet, folded once vertically, loosely held at center; illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs and illustrations; staple-bound; pictorial black-and-white wrappers.

A presentation copy, inscribed on front wrapper: for Rick & Teri/with love/from Sam/Paris, Oct. 88. This 1965 production of Waiting for Godot was not the first in Germany: an authorized staging, based on an inmate’s own translation of the French edition, occurred in 1953 at the Lüttringhausen Prison, near Wuppertal, and another, more formal performance was presented at the Schlossparktheater in Berlin the same year. However, the Schiller-Theater’s iteration was not only directed by Beckett’s friend Deryk Mendel, with a text by his favored German translator Elmar Tophoven (Warten auf Godot), but was also attended in rehearsal by Beckett. The production starred Stefan Wigger as Estragon and Horst Bollmann as Vladimir.

Transferred to Rare Books. PR6003.E255 E513 1954 ("Warten auf Godot : [theater program]")



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