Waiting For...Dunno by John Kenwell
Two shiftless souls, Casimira and Unlucky, desperately seek to overcome the meaninglessness of their lives. They vainly await a savior who never appears. When finally their lonely vigil is interrupted, not by the arrival of a savior, but by an apparent human trafficker, they are faced with both a threat and an opportunity. Two more figures arrive on the scene, not to simplify or solve the situation, but to complicate it. Casimira and Unlucky must rely upon Casimira's practice of mindfulness to potentially extract themselves from the perils of bullying, slavery, or worse, destruction.
This play is unabashedly an homage to Samuel Beckett's "Waiting For Godot" and Michael Singer's "The Untethered Soul".
Keywords: human trafficking, theatre of the absurd, mindfulness, bullying, existential, absurd, Samuel Beckett, human slavery, freedom
Run time: 75 minutes
Suitable for students 14+
Content note: Contains some swearing, scenes of bullying and verbal abuse, one evident example of and other references to human trafficking
Cast size: 5 actors
Male roles: 3
Female roles: 2
Trans/Non-Binary/Gender Non-Conforming roles: 2
Casting note: Because this tragicomedy is an homage to the theatre of the absurd, there is a fair amount of freedom that a producer may enjoy.
The Girl character should be between 12 and 17 years. The ages of the two mains would likely be, like the main characters in "Waiting For Godot", middle-aged. But that is not written in stone.
And the gender of the characters named Unlucky, Potso, and L'Etranger, do not have to be exclusively male.