International director, composer and Pulitzer Prize-nominee Christopher Martin (also Founding Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company where he directed nearly 100 productions) is set to direct a NYC revival of the Harold Pinter play OLD TIMES which will run November 25th thru December 11th at the ‘White Space’ at Alchemical Theatre Laboratory (104 West 14 St.).
Martin’s deliberately spare interpretation of the suspenseful Pinter drama will feature an international cast and comes 45 years after it was first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Aldwych Theatre in London in 1971 (which Martin saw). He received a Pulitzer Prize nomination for his translation of the Heiner Müller text for Robert Wilson’s The Civil Wars.
In OLD TIMES, Anna visits her old friend, Kate, at the converted farmhouse she shares with her husband Deeley somewhere on the English coast. Anna has never met Deeley. Or has she? Twenty years have passed since the two women last saw one another, and rivalry between Anna and Deeley soon ignites a dangerous game of chess, the presumed prize being Kate. In this production, the setting is as minimalist as the language, in which silence plays an equal part. A large empty space with three windows and two armchairs; the dead leaves scattered across the floor are no more than the collective souvenirs of the past.
The cast is Philip O’Gorman from Ireland, Danielle Shimshoni from Israel & Katarina Vizina from Slovakia.
Call for Papers for the forthcoming MMLA in Cincinnati, OH, November 9-12 2017.
MMLA Drama Section CFP
Play and Passivism
In contradistinction to the MMLA General Theme, “Arts and Activism,” the Drama Caucus seeks papers on play and passivism in modern and contemporary drama. Papers might address such topics as pointlessness, lethargy, apathy, ennui, and incompetence. We especially welcome proposals that promise innovative or unconventional presentational modes. 350-word abstracts are due 1 April 2017 to Matthew Bowman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
MMLA Pinter Session CFP
The International Harold Pinter society seeks papers on Pinter Modalities. Papers might address such topics as presence and absence, sound, visuals, space, the body as sign, movement, and narrative. We especially welcome proposals that promise innovative or unconventional presentational modes. 350-word abstracts are due 1 April 2017 to Ann C. Hall, email@example.com.
The Harold Pinter Review is seeking journal articles for its 2018 issue. Essays on Pinter are welcome, but we would like to encourage essays on other modern and contemporary dramatists for this issue, as well. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To submit an article for review, please use the Penn State Press Editorial Manager: http://www.editorialmanager.com/hpr/default.aspx
The Harold Pinter society is open again to new members, and plans are in place now to publish new volumes of the journal.
The International Harold Pinter Society (IHPS) is dedicated to studying the various art forms of Harold Pinter and other contemporary playwrights. Over the past few years, the IHPS has not collected dues because the journal, The Pinter Review, was not being published. Recently, however, IHPS found support for the journal through Penn State University Press and funding from the University of Louisville.
We hope you will join us and participate in the International Harold Pinter Society for the 2017 year when the next volume of The Pinter Review will appear. For this “comeback” volume, we have solicited essays from Pinter scholars on the topic of Pinter and time. We are also soliciting essays and theatre and book reviews for the 2018 volume. Send queries regarding the journal to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Established in 2009, the PEN/Pinter prize is awarded every year to a writer of proven literary merit. It was recently declared that Pinter’s friend Rushdie would be this year’s recipient. Maureen Freely, chair of judges, said: “This prize is English PEN’s way of thanking Salman Rushdie not just for his books and his many years of speaking out for freedom of expression, but also for his countless private acts of kindness […] When he sees writers unjustly vilified, prosecuted, or forced into exile, he takes a personal interest. I think he would be the first to say that it was Harold Pinter who set the example in this regard: the engaged writer never sleeps.” Antonia Fraser commented that “Harold admired Salman Rushdie’s work profoundly long before he met him. This award would have meant a great deal to Harold who respected Salman twice over, both for his work and his great personal courage.” Rushdie responded: “It’s very moving to receive an award named after my friend Harold Pinter, whose literary genius was matched by his passion for social justice, and to follow in the distinguished footsteps of the previous recipients.”
An Express columnist recently announced that in conversation with Dame Antonia Fraser, she had stated that she was compiling an autobiography called My History – A Memoir of Growing Up.
Read more: http://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnists/adam-helliker/470161/Lady-Antonia-Fraser-is-ready-to-reveal-all
Featuring Jude law, Alan Rickman, Martin Sheen and Colin Firth, a celebration of Pinter’s writing that was staged in June 2009 is now available to view online:
The author of Cannibals, Rory Mullarkey, is this year’s recipient of the Pinter playwright prize. He will now receive a commission from the Royal Court Theatre.
Read more: http://www.thestage.co.uk/2014/03/rory-mullarkey-wins-harold-pinter-playwright-prize/
A persian translation of a selection of Pinter’s poems was recently published in Iran, with the title ‘No, You’re Wrong’. ‘No, you’re wrong’ is the first line of a poem entitled Restaurant.
A new CD containing recitals by Harold Pinter, Ruth Rose and Harry Ariel has been released to mark the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. The recordings capture an evening in July 1988 in the Purcell Room in London, with readings primarily from Martin Gilbert’s work, The Holocaust.
The CD is available here, and it is also possible to pay for downloads of individual tracks or the whole evening here.