Theater Emory Immerses Audiences in "A Pinter Kaleidoscope"

Mary Lynn Owen in "Don Juan Comes Back from the War"

October 8, 2014

Theater Emory¿s Pinter Fest, a semester-long celebration of British playwright Harold Pinter, continues this month with ¿A Pinter Kaleidoscope,¿ an immersive theatrical experience. ¿A Pinter Kaleidoscope¿ runs October 31 ¿ November 9 in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater.

From Pinter¿s first play, ¿Room,¿ to the totalitarian nightmare of ¿One for the Road¿ the devised theater event moves the audience through various locations with the theater space, touring them through selections from ¿The Birthday Party,¿ ¿The Hothouse,¿ ¿The Caretaker,¿ and other selections of Pinter¿s plays, poems, and speeches.

¿Pinter¿s works collide at the intersection of communication and confinement. The characters within speak brilliantly, yet fail at the most basic of communications,¿ explains director and theater faculty member Brent Glenn. ¿They are confined. They live lives in which their happiness is subject to the whims of others, be it a spouse, a stranger, or the state.¿

¿A Pinter Kaleidoscope¿ presents a foreboding world with scenic design by Jane Garver alongside sound, lighting, and special effects by the director. ¿Our tour through the inner recesses of the theater is intended to be a swirling snapshot, a cacophony, of these many voices, one in which we have created a somewhat more literal sense of confinement¿ says Glenn.

Despite the ominous overtones of a production exploring totalitarian oppression, ¿A Pinter Kaleidoscope¿ will not be void of Pinter¿s trademark dark humor. ¿Some people find this stuff funny,¿ says Glenn. ¿I certainly do.¿

Theater Emory presents ¿A Pinter Kaleidoscope¿ October 31-November 1 and November 5-8 at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and November 2 and 9 at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 general admission, $16 discount category members, $6 Emory students and are available at the Arts at Emory Box Office at 404-727-5050 or 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.

Director's Advisory:This tour will take you to areas you have never been in a theater. Led by the actors, you will be standing and walking for 75 minutes over stages, stairs, hallways, and outdoors. Some areas will be dark; you will hear strong language suitable for mature audiences only. You must show up at least ten minutes before show time for lineup and group assignments. Once the show begins, those who are late will not be admitted.

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