Brian Dennehy, Stephen Ouimette, Mike Shara Star in Stratford's The Homecoming, Opening Aug. 11

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Two-time Tony Award winner Brian Dennehy is among players in the Stratford Shakespeare Festival's production of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, opening Aug. 11 following previews from July 26.

Brian Dennehy in The Homecoming
Brian Dennehy in The Homecoming Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

Jennifer Tarver directs the inscrutable play by Nobel Prize laureate Pinter. Dennehy (Broadway's Death of a Salesman, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Stratford's Twelfth Night) plays patriarch Max. The dark comic drama "explores the struggle for power in a North London family after Teddy, who has been living in America for six years — away from the all-male household of his father, uncle and brothers — returns unexpectedly, accompanied by his wife, Ruth."

Performances play Stratford's proscenium venue, the Avon Theatre, in Stratford, Ontario. This is Stratford's first production of a play by British writer Pinter, author of Betrayal and other works.

Director Tarver made her Stratford debut in 2008, directing Dennehy in Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape, which they also later presented at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

The Homecoming also features Stephen Ouimette as Sam, Aaron Krohn as Lenny, Ian Lake as Joey, Cara Ricketts as Ruth and Mike Shara as Teddy.

The creative team includes designer Leslie Frankish, lighting designer Robert Thompson, sound designer Jesse Ash and stunt coordinator Todd Campbell.

The Homecoming continues in repertory to Oct. 29. For tickets or more information, visit www.stratfordshakespearefestival.com or call (800) 567-1600.

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The Stratford Shakespeare Festival's 2011 season runs until Oct. 30, featuring The Merry Wives of Windsor, Camelot, Twelfth Night, The Misanthrope, The Grapes of Wrath, Jesus Christ Superstar, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare's Will, The Little Years and Hosanna.

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