Interview & Article by Ashley Barnes
In a mad display of tragicomedy and tramping, join the Ripple Effect Theatre Company this weekend for the opening of their first-ever theatrical production, Waiting for Godot. Written by Samuel Beckett and voted “The Most Significant English Language Play of the 20th Century,” this absurdist play follows two dilapidated tramps filling their days as painlessly as they can, all while waiting for someone, or something, who will explain their interminable insignificange, or put an end to it.
As the inaugural performance rapidly approaches, Executive Producer and Ripple Effect Theatre Company President Maggie Stillman says the company has overcome a lot of challenges in preparation for that inaugural curtain call this Friday night.
“Great theatre brings people together in an environment in which they are able to share in a unique experience that can never be wholly duplicated … The effect that is produced by a great production can resonate beyond the moment of impact.”
“Specifically with this show and our company, we are dealing with elements that we have not encountered before and that is set and lighting,” Stillman said in a CRAVE Magazine interview. “We had to make sure to have enough lights for our lighting designer. We had to make sure that we were being respectful of the other companies who work in the space. We had to make sure that our set made sense. It was all new for us.”
Formed in the fall 2013, Stillman says the company was created with the goal of inspiring reflection and change.
“With every production and outreach project, we strive to touch our community in a way that will carry the ripple further and further outward,” the Colorado native said. “Great theatre brings people together in an environment in which they are able to share in a unique experience that can never be wholly duplicated. It then starts conversations around the dinner table and at the office. The effect that is produced by a great production can resonate beyond the moment of impact. Our ensemble-centered focus ensures that the ripple effect lingers long after the performance is over and the lights have come down. Every wave starts with a ripple.”
Waiting for Godot opens September 12th with performances through October 11th. Tickets are $19 available here: Waiting For Godot Tix
For more info on Stillman, her theatre company, and anything else Rippling Effect, check out rippleeffecttheatre.com.