The Pear Avenue Theatre proudly presents Betrayal by Harold Pinter Director Ray Renati Producer Diane Tasca Stage Manager Marissa Stough Scenic Design Janny Coté Lighting Design Ed Hunter Costume Design Diane Tasca Sound Design Caroline Clark Permission by Dramatist’s Play Service, Inc. This program is available online at www.thepear.org The Ensemble (in order of appearance) William J. Brown III .............Jerry Maryssa Wanlass* .................Emma Andre Abrahamians .............Waiter Bill Olson* .............................Robert *Member, Actors’ Equity Association Scene 1: Scene 2: Scene 3: Scene 4: Spring, 1977; a restaurant in London A few hours later: Jerry’s home Winter, 1975; Emma & Jerry’s flat Autumn, 1974; Robert & Emma’s home Intermission (10 minutes) Scene 5: Scene 6: Scene 7: Scene 8: Scene 9: Summer, 1973; a hotel in Venice A few weeks later; Emma & Jerry’s flat A few days later; a restaurant in London Spring, 1971; Emma & Jerry’s flat Winter, 1968; Robert & Emma’s home The Production Team Director....................................Ray Renati Producer ..................................Diane Tasca Stage Manager .........................Marissa Stough Production Manager ..............Patricia Tyler Scenic Design ..........................Janny Coté Lighting Design ......................Edward Hunter Sound Design ..........................Caroline Clark Costume Design .....................Diane Tasca Set Construction .....................Norm Beamer Set Painting..............................Janny Coté & Paulino Deleal Stagehand.................................Mia Convery Publicity Directors..................Jeanie Smith & Shannon Stowe Postcard Design ......................Patricia Tyler Program Consultant ...............Susan Petit Website Design .......................Ray Renati About the Playwright and the Play Harold Pinter (1930-2008), who was awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature, was not only a prolific playwright but an actor, director, scenarist, essayist, poet, and human rights activist. His popularity seems, if anything, to have increased since his death. Recent Bay Area productions of his plays include No Man’s Land at Berkeley Rep in 2013 starring Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart, The Caretaker at the Curran in 2012 with Jonathan Pryce, and The Homecoming at ACT in 2011, while Redwood City’s Dragon mounted The Birthday Party last summer and hosted Only Connect’s production of Betrayal in 2012. Stanford Summer Theater, which staged four of Pinter’s short plays in 2005, included Old Times in its 2011 season, and in recent years I have seen Moonlight and The Hothouse in Pinter’s native London. His work is also available on video. He wrote the screenplays for many films, including The Quiller Memorandum, The Servant, The Go-Between, and The French Lieutenant’s Woman, and he acted in films including Mansfield Park and The Tailor of Panama. Betrayal (1978) is one of Pinter’s most realistic plays. It was inspired by his seven-year affair, from 1962 to1969, with British television journalist Joan Bakewell (now Baroness Bakewell), who was then the wife of Michael Bakewell, a friend of Pinter’s and an early champion of his work. Pinter was married to the actress Vivian Merchant at the time. However, he did not write Betrayal until the start of his affair with the biographer and novelist Lady Antonia Fraser, who would become his second wife. Pinter also wrote the screenplay for the film version of Betrayal, starring Jeremy Irons, Patricia Hodge, and Ben Kingsley, which was filmed partly in the house used by the real lovers, as if to underscore the story’s truth to life. Yet truth is a slippery concept in Betrayal, for the characters forget or rewrite the past and lie to each other, often by omission and indirection, and perhaps they lie to themselves as well. The play shows many sorts of betrayals: not only in marriage but of friendship, family, business responsibilities, ideals, and even, perhaps, self. Robert tells Emma that there is “not much more to say on [the] subject” of betrayal, but clearly there is a lot to show about it. We might ask which relationship is central: Jerry and Emma’s affair? Robert and Emma’s marriage? Or the friendship between Jerry and Robert? The men once had a strong bond and shared interests, including poetry. What does playing squash with each other, or not doing so, mean to them? Even off-stage characters reinforce the theme of betrayal, for the novelist Casey owes his success to both Robert, who is his publisher, and Jerry, who is his agent. Jerry’s wife, Judith, is a busy physician who seldom seems to be home. As the years fall away from the three principals to reveal their earlier selves, we can see what they have lost and decide whether they have gained anything in growing older. The polished manners of these English intellectuals mask but cannot hide their desires, fears, compromises, and disillusionments. —Susan Petit Who’s Who in This Production Acknowledgments William J. Brown III (Jerry) is the Founding Artistic Director of the Arabian Shakespeare Festival (www.arabianshakespearefestival.org). He is pleased to return to the Pear, having appeared in Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Bach at Leipzig, The Way of the World, and Northanger Abbey. He has performed from California to the United Arab Emirates. Having taught theatre to students ages 6 to 22, he is a Resident Teaching Artist with the SF Shakespeare Festival and runs the drama program for St. Lawrence Elementary and Middle School in Santa Clara. He earned his B.A. in theatre, dance and history from Santa Clara University and his M.A. from San Jose State, and he has studied at the American Shakespeare Center and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. We would like to thank Palo Alto Players for their assistance with this production. Andre Abrahamians (The Waiter) has spent the last two years in the San Francisco theatre scene, working with emerging playwrights on new works with Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Golden Thread Theatre, and the Des Vois Festival, directed by Rob Melrose(Public Theatre/Cutting Ball.) He is also a Producer/Playwright/Actor and company member for ShotzSF at PianoFight. He is very excited to be a part of the very talented cast and production team of the Pear’s Betrayal. Bill Olson* (Robert) has performed with companies throughout the Bay Area, including San Jose Stage, 42nd Street Moon, and San Francisco Shakespeare Company. Some of his favorite roles include Andrew in I Hate Hamlet, Elyot in Private Lives, and Marco the Magnificent in Carnival. He recently starred in the independent film I Am the Edge with Wild Dogs Productions. Bill is the founder of the video production company Two Plush Two (2plush2.com), and he is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (learnalexander.com). *Member, Actors’ Equity Association Maryssa Wanlass* (Emma) was last seen at the Pear in Hanging Georgia. Other Bay Area credits include Persuasion (San Jose Stage); Crime and Punishment (San Jose Rep) and Macbeth (San Francisco Shakespeare Festival); Hamlet and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Livermore Shakespeare Festival); Something Cloudy Something Clear, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and All About Eve (Theatre Rhinoceros); and Enchanted April and Witness for the Prosecution (Center Rep). She is a Resident Artist at The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. She studied acting at Mills College and Moscow Art Theatre’s Stanislavsky Summer School. www.maryssa-wanlass.com *Member, Actors’ Equity Association Caroline Clark (Sound Designer) is enjoying her second season at the Pear. She directed the recent Kimberly Akimbo and acted in Super Villain!! She has worn other hats as well, including stage manager and Steering Committee member. She moved to the Bay Area two years ago from Southern California, where her acting credits included Heidi in [title of show], Holly in Next Fall, and Prudence in Beyond Therapy (The Empty Space). Directing credits include Dustin Lance Black’s 8: The Play and The Vagina Monologues. Mia Convery (Stagehand) is a senior at Mountain View High School who is very active with her school’s Theatre Department. She takes on many different roles in each show and has been a stage manager, created costumes and props, worked backstage or in the booth, and designed other technical aspects of the production. Mia plans to go to a four-year university and pursue a double major in technical theatre, along with another academic concentration. She wants to be involved as a theatre professional, with an emphasis on social action theatre. Janny Coté (Scenic Designer) has designed and built sets all over the Bay Area. Betrayal is her first set design for the Pear, although she helped to paint the set for Tell It Slant here in 2009. Recently, she has been working at Palo Alto Players, having designed the set for the current production of Eurydice. Edward Hunter (Lighting Designer) has been doing theatre in the South Bay since he moved here in 1985. He has worked with Palo Alto Players, TheatreWorks, Lyric Theater, Teatro Visión, Sunnyvale Players, Shady Shakespeare, the Pear, and Sunnyvale Players. Some recent designs include Big Fish, The Heiress, and Miss Saigon (PAP); The Real Thing and Fool for Love (Pear); and Little Shop of Horrors, Pippin, and Little Princess (SCP). When not in the theatre Ed is a director of software at Juniper Networks. Ray Renati (Director) Ray’s prior directorial credits at the Pear include Fool for Love, The Real Thing, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Death of a Salesman, True West, The Baltimore Waltz, Speed-the-Plow, Pick Up Ax, and Pear Slices. Ray has studied directing with Jonathan Moscone at Berkeley Rep., and he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he received his certificate in Acting Shakespeare. He is also an actor and recently played Henry Higgins in the Pear’s production of Pygmalion. Ray is a proud member of Actors’ Equity. Thank you to Katie and the boys for all of your love and support. Marissa Stough (Stage Manager) is excited to be with the Pear for this production. She is a new alumna of San Jose State’s Theatre Department and has worked on Emma, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Grapes of Wrath (both theatre and opera versions). She also has worked two seasons at California’s Great America on shows such as Aerial Ice Extreme! and On Broadway! Marissa was fortunate enough to do her Senior Internship at San Jose Rep on their new, original production of The Snow Queen. She looks forward to continuing as a Stage Manager for many more shows around the Bay Area. Developmental Reading at the Pear As part of our mission to nurture and support local playwrights, the Pear offers developmental readings of new full-length scripts for members of the Pear Playwrights Guild. We are happy to announce that our third developmental reading for the current season will be Susan Jackson’s Taken, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, February 1. Taken Synopsis: Taken begins with a newspaper article about an evicted tenant who commits suicide while living in a San Francisco apartment. The face is familiar—is he Corrie’s brother Ben? He had been forced out of her family’s home years before because of his drug addiction. Corrie’s daughter, Jessie, always felt a special bond with her uncle, despite (or perhaps because of) his problems. Against everyone’s better judgment, Corrie decides to face the landlady who evicted him. Tickets: Reserve guaranteed seats in advance for $10 (call 650-254-1148 or email [email protected]). Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $10. 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Pear Slices 2015 at 1390 Pear Avenue, Mt. View 650-254-1120 …is offering a 10% discount on your meal for any Pear Avenue Theatre patrons who say the secret password: “Pinter!” You will also want to try their special cocktail in honor of the show: “The Torcello.” And, bring your Cucina Venti stub in for a free concessions item when you see your next Pear show— just drop it in the ice bucket as payment. by The Pear Playwrights Guild March 13 – April 5 For your viewing pleasure, we present a freshly minted assortment of new plays from the Pear Playwrights, who surprise us each year with their varied and often provocative works. These delightful plays have become a great Pear tradition.
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