Nov. 20-23, 2013
Directed by Rusty Ruth
Scene Design by Manda Miller
Costume Design by Heather Grandprey
Lighting Design by Jamie Ruggio
Sound Design by Luke Walchuk
The play begins in the present, with the meeting of Emma and Jerry, whose adulterous affair of seven years ended
two years earlier. Emma's marriage to Robert, Jerry's best friend, is now breaking up and she needs someone
to talk to. Thereafter, in a series of contiguous scenes, the play moves backward in time, from the end of the
Emma-Jerry affair to its beginning, throwing into relief the little lies and oblique remarks that, in this time-reverse,
reveal more than direct statements, or overt actions, ever could.
About the Play:
Betrayal first opened in London on November 15, 1978, at the National Theatre starring Michael Gambon, and in
New York on Januray 5, 1980, starring Raul Julia and Blythe Danner. Both productions were directed by
Sir Peter Hall. It won several major awards, including the Olivier Award for Best New Play, and the
New York Drama Critic's Circle Award. Betrayal has since been produced with regularity in the U.S. and the U.K.,
with notable productions including a 1991 production starring Bill Nighy at the Almeida Theatre in London
and a 2003 London revival at the Theatre Royal directed (once again) by Sir Peter Hall. The play has been in
New York no fewer than four times, including a revival in 2000 starring Liev Schreiber and Juliette Binoche.
An all-new, limited-engagement revival recently opened in New York starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall.
A study guide of the play for The Public Theatre:
An article on how Pinter's real-life affair inspired his play:
The current Broadway revival starring Daniel Craig:
A Washington Post review of the current Broadway revival:
About the Playwright:
Harold Pinter was born on October 10, 1930, in East London. He was a playwright, director, actor, poet and
political activist. He died on December 24, 2008.
He wrote twenty-nine plays including The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, The Homecoming and Betrayal, 21 screenplay
including The Servant, The Go-Between and The French Lieutenant's Woman, and directed 27 theatre
productions, including James Joyce's Exiles, David Mamet's Oleanna, seven 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.
He was awarded the Shakespeare Prize (Hamburg), the European Prize for Literature (Vienna), the Pirandello Prize
(Palermo), the David Cohen British Literature Prize, the Laurence Olivier Award, the Legion d’Honneur and the
Moliere D'Honneur for lifetime achievement. In 1999 he was made a Companion of Literature by the
Royal Society of Literature. He received honorary degrees from eighteen universities. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005.
For more about Harold Pinter, including interviews, articles and downloads visit http://www.haroldpinter.org/home/index.shtml