Photo Flash: First Look at Huntington Theatre Company's BETRAYAL
The Huntington's production of Harold Pinter's BETRAYAL opens on Wednesday, November 14th at 7pm at Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre. The production is directed by Maria Aitken. The cast includes Alan Cox, Mark H. Dold, Gretchen Egolf, and Luis Negrón and BroadwayWorld has new production photos below!
Acclaimed British director Maria Aitken (Private Lives and Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps at the Huntington) returns to the Huntington Theatre Company to helm Nobel Prize Laureate Harold Pinter’s most accessible play, the Olivier Award-winning classic BETRAYAL. Aitken brings a unique relationship with the material, as she was herself directed by Pinter as a young actress.BETRAYAL is a searing drama that explores the complexities of human emotions, including love, guilt, and duplicity as it tells the story of a passionate, seven-year love affair between Emma and her husband Robert’s best friend, Jerry. The play presents the couple’s affair through a series of fragmented memories. The action begins in a pub in the spring of 1977 after Emma and Jerry’s affair has ended, and then moves backward in time to reveal how the relationship flourished and eventually began. The storytelling technique – innovative in its day and frequently imitated – illuminates the ways in which the couple betrayed not only their spouses and each other, but also themselves through faulty memory and false perception.
“Harold Pinter has been on the short list of playwrights I’ve wanted to include in a season since I arrived at the Huntington,” says Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois. “Director Maria Aitken will bring sharp honesty to the play’s simple, spare beauty and a singular perspective as an interpreter of his writing.”
BETRAYAL is considered to be one of the most human plays by Pinter, as well as one of Pinter’s most personal. It is in fact a very close recounting of his seven-year relationship with Joan Bakewell, wife of director Michael Bakewell. The play debuted in London with Penelope Wilton, Michael Gambon, and Daniel Massey in 1978; Pinter’s film adaptation starring Patricia Hodge, Jeremy Irons, and Ben Kingsley was released in 1983.
The cast includes: Alan Cox (Jerry): The Caretaker at BAM, the national tour of Frost/Nixon, and Translations on Broadway; Mark H. Dold (Robert): Absurd Person Singular on Broadway and Freud’s Last Session Off Broadway; Gretchen Egolf (Emma): Ring Round the Moon and Jackie on Broadway, A Streetcar Named Desire (Guthrie Theater); and Luis Negrón (Waiter): The Miracle Worker at Wheelock Family Theatre, Zeta! Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater.
For more information about purchasing tickets for BETRAYAL and other events, please call the Box Office at 617-266-0800 or visit www.huntingtontheatre.org.
Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson