Monday, December 13, 2010

BCT Reads Harold Pinter's "Betrayal" Tonight

Posted By on Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Known for his morally ambiguous characters who struggle for power and wrestle with flawed interpretations of the past, playwright Harold Pinter isn’t exactly an optimist. Well, at least on the page. According to The Independent, Pinter once said:

"How can you write a happy play? Drama is about conflict and degrees of perturbation, disarray. I've never been able to write a happy play, but I've been able to enjoy a happy life."

His 1978 play Betrayal—which is based his seven-year affair with BBC TV journalist Joan Bakewell—is not a happy play. In reverse chronological order, Pinter exposes the layers of deception that have smothered characters Emma and Robert’s marriage after Emma's seven-year clandestine affair with Robert’s pal Jerry.

If all the fuzzy holiday cheer is triggering your gag reflex, head over to Boise Contemporary Theater tonight for a special reading of Betrayal at 7 p.m. as a part of BCT's New Classics reading series. It’s guaranteed to be the anti rom-com.

For tickets, contact Patron Services Manager Amanda Micheletty at 208-331-9224, ext. 205, or e-mail

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