Photo Flash: First Look at Austin Shakespeare's OLD TIMES, Opening Tonight
Austin Shakespeare seats the audience in the round for Harold Pinter's Old Times at The Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. This sensual, poetic and deeply unnerving drama is the 33-year-old company's first Pinter production. Performances will run at 8pm on Thursday - Saturday and 3pm on Sunday, tonight, February 16, through March 5, 2017. Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action!
Old Times takes place in the rural home of filmmaker Deeley and his wife of 20 years, Kate, who are visited by Anna, a mysterious friend of Kate's younger days. What begins as a trip down memory lane quickly transforms into a seductive battle for power, as the memories become more than just stories. As Anna says, "There are some things one remembers even though they may never have happened. There are things I remember which may never have happened but as I recall them so they take place."
Artistic Director, Ann Ciccolella commented, "Like contemporary playwright Tom Stoppard, Pinter has actors use language to engage, attack and attract each other. In Old Times, a sexy trio creates a mysterious and ironic dance of desire that is, at moments, electric with silence."
The professional resident company of the Long Center will bring three experienced Austin actors to this mesmerizing triangle: Jill Blackwood (Anna), Nancy Eyermann (Kate), and Ben Wolfe (Deeley). Blackwood leaves behind her recent "Mary Poppins" image from the recent ZACH hit musical to return to the kind of dramatic work she has done in the past with Shakespeare and Bernard Shaw. Ben Wolfe, a company member at Austin Playhouse, has been popular with Austin Shakespeare audiences as Henry VIII in a staged reading of Wolf Hall and as Polixenes in The Winter's Tale in the Free Shakespeare in Zilker Park production. Nancy Eyermann is also beloved by audiences for her outstanding performances as Hermione in The Winter's Tale and Liz Cromwell in Wolf Hall, and has served as a vocal coach and Young Shakespeare co-director.
Runtime: 1 hr 15 min including one intermission. Tickets start at $18. To purchase tickets, visit thelongcenter.org/event/old-times or call The Long Center's 3M Box Office at (512) 474-LONG (5664), TTY (800) 735-2989.
Photo Credit: Bret Brookshire
Jill Blackwood and Nancy Eyermann (front), Ben Wolfe (back)
Ben Wolfe and Jill Blackwood
Jill Blackwood (front), Ben Wolfe and Nancy Eyermann (back)
Jill Blackwood, Nancy Eyermann and Ben Wolfe
Nancy Eyermann (front), Jill Blackwood and Ben Wolfe (back)