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1… “Waiting for Ryan Braun” | Stalker Chronicles

Chapter One - "Waiting For Ryan Braun"

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A love story told in the style of Samuel Beckett. Our inspiration for this episode came mainly from two of Beckett’s plays: Waiting for Godot and Endgame.

Waiting for Godot is a play by Samuel Beckett, in which two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait for someone named Godot. Godot’s absence, as well as numerous other aspects of the play, have led to many different interpretations since the play’s premiere. The play is considered by some critics to be one of the most prominent works of the “Theatre of the Absurd”.

Irish literary critic Vivian Mercier was famous for describing Waiting for Godot as a play which “has achieved a theoretical impossibility—a play in which nothing happens, that yet keeps audiences glued to their seats.”

English poet, writer and critic Al Alvarez writes of the two main characters of Waiting for Godot: “But perhaps Estragon’s forgetfulness is the cement binding their relationship together. He continually forgets, Vladimir continually reminds him; between them they pass the time.”

Endgame
The implication in the play is that the characters live in an unchanging, static state. Each day contains the actions and reactions of the day before, until each event takes on an almost ritualistic quality. It is made clear, through the text, that the characters have a past (most notably through Nagg and Nell who conjure up memories of tandem rides in the Ardennes). However, there is no indication that they may have a future.

The protagonist of the play is Hamm, an aged master who is blind and not able to stand up, and his servant Clov, who cannot sit down. They exist in a location by the sea, although the dialogue suggests that there is nothing left outside—no sea, no sun, no clouds. The two characters, mutually dependent, have been fighting for years and continue to do so as the play progresses. Clov always wants to leave but never seems to be able. Also present are Hamm’s legless parents Nagg and Nell, who live in rubbish bins downstage and initially request food or argue inanely.

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