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Harold Pinter's BETRAYAL to Play Capital Stage This Winter

Highly regarded as one of Harold Pinter's masterpieces, and winner of the 1979 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, Betrayal has enjoyed several successful productions and revivals around the world since its opening in London in 1978. Capital Stage's production will be in the deft hands of director Janis Stevens, whose direction of Pinter's The Homecoming in 2015 was a smash hit. Betrayal will be the third production of Capital Stage's 2016-17 Season: Love + War, and will run from January 25 - February 26, 2017 with a Press Opening on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 8pm.

Emma and Jerry, former lovers, meet at a cafe in the present. Emma's marriage to Jerry's best friend Robert is falling apart, and she seeks out Jerry's consolation. From there, the play travels backwards through time - from the end of Emma and Jerry's affair to its beginning - and unearths the little lies and oblique remarks that reveal more than direct statements or overt actions ever could.

Considered one of Britain's most influential dramatists, Harold Pinter (1930-2008) was a playwright, director, actor, poet and political activist. He wrote 29 plays including The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, No Man's Land, and The Homecoming; 21 screenplays including The Servant, The Go-Between and The French Lieutenant's Woman; and directed 27 Theater Productions, including James Joyce's Exiles, David Mamet's Oleanna, 7 plays by Simon Gray and many of his own plays including his latest, Celebration, paired with his first, The Room at The Almeida Theatre, London in the spring of 2000. In 2005, Harold Pinter was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. In awarding Pinter the Nobel Prize, the Swedish Academy noted: "Harold Pinter is generally seen as the foremost representative of British drama in the second half of the 20th Century. That he occupies a position as a modern classic is illustrated by his name entering the language as an adjective used to describe a particular atmosphere and environment in drama: 'Pinteresque'."

Betrayal will be directed by Janis Stevens (A Doll's House, The Homecoming, The Real Thing, Hedda Gabler, How I Learned To Drive, American Buffalo, Fool For Love) and will feature ELena Wright (A Doll's House, The Scene, In The Next Room Or The Vibrator Play), Michael Patrick Wiles (Disgraced, Uncanny Valley, The Real Thing, Hedda Gabler, Master Class, Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, Fat Pig), Chad Deverman (A Doll's House, reasons to be pretty, Dying City), and Graham Scott Green (Capital Stage debut). The production design team will include Paul Kreutz (scenic design), Gail Russell (costume design), Ron Madonia (lighting design), Ed Lee (sound design), and Russell Dow (projections design).

Performances for Betrayal will begin with two previews on Wednesday, January 25 & Thursday, January 26 at 7pm, and Friday, January 27 at 8pm. The production will open Saturday, January 28 at 8pm. Performances will continue through Sunday, February 26, 2017. Showtimes will be Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.

Regular ticket prices range from $28-45. Discount tickets are available as follows: Student Rush tickets are half priced with valid student ID within 1 hour of performance; Senior tickets are $5 off regular priced tickets; Military personnel tickets are $10 off regular priced tickets with valid ID; and Group Rate tickets are $5 off each for parties of 12 or more. Tickets are currently available at the Capital Stage Box Office, by phone at 916-995-5464, or online at capstage.org.



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