Pirandello Out, Pinter In for DC Shakespeare Theatre's 2010-11 Season
09 Jun 2010
Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC, is replacing its planned 2011 production of Luigi Pirandello's Enrico IV with Harold Pinter's Old Times, to feature local star Holly Twyford.
Artistic director Michael Kahn announced the revision to the 2010-2011 on June 8. Kahn will direct Old Times at the Lansburgh Theatre May 17–July 3, 2011.
Due to scheduling conflicts, Patrick Page is unable to perform as part of STC's upcoming season. The titular role in Enrico IV was chosen by Kahn specifically for Page and both hope to include the play in a future season.
About Old Times, Kahn said in a statement, "I have wanted to produce this play for many years. When I saw Holly accept her award for Best Actress at the Helen Hayes Awards, I knew Old Times was the play for her. I believe that Pinter's work belongs in a theatre devoted to the classics because of his brilliant use of language."
This will mark the STC debut of Twyford. Old Times, which was first produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1971, will be the first time STC produces a Harold Pinter play.
In it, according to STC, "Memory and reality collide in Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter's nostalgic and haunting play as three friends recall their relationship from 20 years prior. What do their memories tell us and which interpretation of the past do we believe? Old Times is an intimate and highly charged exploration of whether we can ever really know another person, or even ourselves."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.