A Pinter Play - 'Betrayal'

Harold Pinter's
Distinguished Play
Opens March 9th  at Palm Beach Dramaworks

West Palm Beach's only resident professional theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks continues its 7th anniversary season with Harold Pinter's highly regarded play "Betrayal" opening on Friday, March 9th (8PM) at their intimate downtown theatre (322 Banyan Boulevard). Special priced preview performances are slated for March 7th & 8th (8PM) and the production will play through April 15th.

"Betrayal" weaves the story of a married couple Robert and Emma, their life-long friend Jerry--- and the seven-year affair between Emma and Jerry. Told in reverse chronological order, the play begins two years after the affair has ended and proceeds back in time to explore the stages of their affair and the deception and betrayal that this triangular relationship has created. Described as haunting, brilliant and courageous, "Betrayal" illustrates the labyrinth of unfaithfulness that extends beyond the infidelity.

J. Barry Lewis will direct the production and the cast includes Margery Lowe and Todd Allen Durkin as the lovers and Michael St. Pierre as the husband. The play will feature scenery designed by Michael Amico, costumes designed by Erin Amico and lights designed by Daniel Gordon.

"Betrayal" was first presented at The National Theatre in London in 1978 before moving to Broadway in 1979 – the New York production featured Blythe Danner, Raul Julia and Roy Scheider. In 1983, "Betrayal" was made into a motion picture starring Patricia Hodge, Jeremy Irons and Ben Kingsley; the film received an Oscar and BAFTA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. "Betrayal" has been produced around the world for decades in numerous countries including China, Dublin, Greece, Portugal, Iceland and Australia. The play was last seen on Broadway in 2001 with Juliette Binoche, Liev Schreiber and John Slattery earning both Tony Award and Drama Desk Nominations for Best Revival of a Play.

Harold Pinter was born in 1930 in East London. He is known as a playwright, director, actor, poet and political activist. He has written twenty-nine plays over the last 4 decades including The Birthday Party, The Caretaker (Tony Award Nominee), The Homecoming (Tony Award Winner, Best Play), The Man in the Glass Booth (Tony Award Nominee), Old Times, No Man's Land, Moonlight, and Celebration. Pinter has been the recipient of numerous awards of excellence and holds honorary degrees from fourteen universities from around the world. In 2005 Pinter was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The Palm Beach Dramaworks season will conclude with "The Voice of the Prairie" by John Olive (May 11th-June 10th).

Performance times are Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2PM. Individual tickets are $38 for evening performances and $35 for matinees. Group rates for 20 or more, and discounted season subscriptions are also available. The theatre is located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, at 322 Banyan Boulevard, between Dixie Highway and Olive Avenue, Florida 33401 . Parking is offered across the street for a nominal fee, or in the City Garage on the corner of Olive Avenue and Banyan Boulevard for $1.00 per hour with the first hour free! For ticket information contact the box office at (561) 514-4042, open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 1:00 pm, or visit their website at www.palmbeachdramaworks.org.


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