Seth Tichenor, philosophy instructor at Clatsop Community College, spoke to a group of 74 theatergoers about Existentialism and “Waiting for Godot” at the CCC Performing Arts Center in Astoria Friday, Jan. 22. His talk was timed ahead of the Jan. 29 opening of the play, which will be performed five times at the PAC this month and next. His talk, set on the minimalist stage of director Karen Bain’s production, focused on playwright Samuel Beckett’s twin themes of absurdity and emptiness, touching on such philosophical concepts as “existence precedes essence,” “the primacy of subjectivity” and “the radical nature of freedom.” The play, which features a local cast of actors, is presented by Partners for the PAC. It will be performed 7.p.m. Jan. 29 and 30; 3 p.m. Jan. 31; 7 p.m. Feb. 5 and 6. Tickets are $15 at the door, cash or check.
In conjunction with the Astoria production of Waiting for Godot, Seth Tichenor, philosophy, religion and politics instructor at Clatsop Community College, will give a free lecture on existentialism, Friday, January 22 at 7 pm at the CCC Performing Arts Center at 16th Street and Franklin Avenue in Astoria.
Admission is free, but donations may be made to support Partners for the PAC, whose member organizations are working to keep the PAC functioning as a year-round performing arts venue. North Coast (and WA South Coast) drama students and their advisors are especially invited to attend.
Tichenor has pursued advanced degrees in philosophy from the University of Hawaii-Manoa and in theology from Boston University. He has been teaching for 19 years, including the University of Hawaii, Oregon State University, Concordia University, Linfield College, and a number of community colleges including Clatsop.
His areas of specialty include the Philosophy of Religion, Classical South Asian Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy and the Philosophy of Education. He is a co-founder of Philosofarian, a project that aims to make philosophical life relevant to everyone everywhere.