Harold Pinter's Short Works in Theater Emory's "Pinter Revue"

Pinter Revue, October 2 - 11

September 22, 2014

Theater Emory kicks off its 2014-2015 season with "Pinter Revue," the first of two fully-staged productions during Pinter Fest, a semester-long celebration of British playwright Harold Pinter. Directed by theater faculty member Donald McManus, "Pinter Revue" runs October 2-11 in the Theater Lab of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Showcasing sketch comedy in the British tradition, "Pinter Revue" is a collection of short works spanning more than thirty years of the Nobel laureate┬┐s career, from "Trouble in the Works" (1959) to "The New World Order" (1991), and the milestone work "Mountain Language" (1988). "Mountain Language," a play about state terrorism, is described by Pinter as a "series of short, sharp images" exploring "suppression of language and the loss of freedom of expression."

Known for his searing political commentary, Harold Pinter wrote funny, brutal plays on modern life peppered with riveting silences. His works examine our human struggles, both personal and political. "Harold Pinter was an extremely productive author whose plays transformed drama in the English language, and throughout his long career Pinter was interested in the discipline of writing short works," explains director Donald McManus.

With scenic design by Zoe Gopnik-McManus, choreography by Nicholas Surbey, costumes by Rosalind Staib, and lighting design by Rob Turner, "Pinter Revue" stays true to the standard revue format in the tradition of vaudeville and British music hall entertainment, featuring stripped down sets, light musical intervals, and comic turns interspersed with scenes of incisive social commentary. The cast includes professional actors David de Vries, Veronika Duerr, and Megan McFarland.

Theater Emory presents "Pinter Revue" October 2-4 and 9-11 at 7 p.m. and October 5 at 2 p.m. in the Theater Lab of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Tickets ($18 general admission; $14 discount category members; $6 Emory students) are available at the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050 or tickets.arts.emory.edu. For more information on Theater Emory, visit theater.emory.edu. For a list of all Pinter Fest events, visit theater.emory.edu/pinter.


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