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Published on Oct 5, 2012
A film by Stephen Blauweiss, written and performed by Mik & Gilles.
Samuel Beckett has gotten a bum rep. Many people deem his plays to be bleak, austere, and hopeless. But as this film proves, that's not true — Beckett is cool! Beckett is hip! Beckett...has a beat!
The elusive humorists Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine present the breakthrough play of Samuel Beckett, as it might be performed by a hapless pair of academic rappers. The entire three-hour play is condensed into four minutes of nonstop hip-hop, with no intermission.
Rappin' For Godot, aired on PBS, screened at the LA Comedy Film Festival 2012, London Independent Film Festival 2013, the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival 2013, The Williamsburg Film Festival 2013 and appears on a special music video section of the Woodstock Film Festival website 2013.
Horowitz and Malkine have been performing their literary lampoons (hip-hop, blues, and pop versions of the classics), political satire, and parodic updates of the American folk and roots catalogue since 1989, at venues ranging from festivals, theater, clubs, colleges. They've worked with and/or opened shows for Kinky Friedman, Peter "P.D.Q. Bach" Schickele, Ed Sanders (The Fugs), Jim Hightower, and Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, among many others.
Stephen Blauweiss is an independent filmmaker, he is currently executive producer of BigGreenTV: An Environmental News Program. He specializes in documentaries on artists. His film, Math: Adds Up To More Than You Think, aired on PBS in 2012.