Inspired by Pinter’s own seven-year extramarital affair with BBC presenter Joan Bakewell in the 1960s, Betrayal chronicles an affair between Emma and Jerry, the best friend of Emma’s husband Robert, and best man at their wedding. Over nine short scenes in 90 minutes, a myriad of betrayals among the three are revealed.
Legendary playwright Harold Pinter’s story of the illicit affair that unfolds in reverse, from the end of a marriage to the first forbidden spark, is filled with poetic dialogue, rich humor, and powerful emotions.
Jonathan Fielding *
Brenda Withers *
William Zielinski *
Harbor Stage Company
Katie Scarlett Graves *
Production Stage Manager
Rebecca Berger *
Assistant Stage Manager
* appearing through an agreement between this theater and the Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
The Scenic Designer of this production is represented by United Scenic Artists Local USA-829 of the IATSE.
a co-production with Harbor Stage Company
by Harold Pinter
directed by Robert Kropf
September 22 – October 14, 2023 | Previews September 20 and 21
Pay WHAT You Want every Wednesday
All performances at 7:00 PM
Running Time: approximately 80 minutes. Betrayal is performed without an intermission.
“…the playwright, with his customary inventiveness and subtlety, brings new insights to this timeless theme.“ —NY Times
“BETRAYAL is an exquisite play, brilliantly simple in form and courageous in its search for a poetry that turns banality into melancholy beauty.” —Newsweek.
“…a powerful expression of the chasm between recollection and reality, of the gaps between people who need to be intimate with each other.” —Village Voice.