Sunday, April 26, 2009

Free Pinter Tribute at CUNY

You may already have heard about this, but just in case... CUNY Graduate Center (right across from the Empire State Building) is hosting this free tribute to the late Harold Pinter:

The PEN World Voices Festival
A Tribute to Harold Pinter
Saturday May 2nd 2009 11am – 10pm

CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave., between 34th and 35th St, NYC

Participants include Harry Burton, Salman Rushdie, John Guare, Emily Mann, Brian O’Byrne, Todd Haimes, Jason Isaacs, Charles Grimes, Alistair Macaulay, and many others

Join us for a day-long celebration of the life of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter, curated by British actor-director Harry Burton, whose close friendship with Pinter spanned 25 years and many collaborations. The tribute will feature live readings, discussions, rare audio and video recordings of the author acting in his own plays, screenings of Pinter’s plays and feature films, and the U.S. premiere of an intimate documentary portrait, Working with Pinter.

Henry Woolf, a lifelong friend of Pinter’s who is featured in the documentary, is participating in the celebration, along with Burton. Other participants include PEN president Salman Rushdie; movie directors Paul Schrader and Patricia Rozema, who have worked with Pinter; playwrights John Guare and Emily Mann; Tony Award-winning actor Brian O’Byrne; Todd Haimes, artistic director of the Roundabout Theatre; actor Jason Isaacs; Charles Grimes, author of Harold Pinter’s Politics; Susan Hollis Merritt, editor of The Pinter Review; and Alistair Macaulay, dance critic of The New York Times and former theater critic of The Financial Times.

Four sessions will take place in Proshansky Auditorium, beginning at 11 a.m. with “The Early Days,” followed by “Man of the Theatre,” “Pinter at the Movies,” and “Pinter and Politics.” Performances in the evening, beginning at 7 p.m., will include a staged reading of The Dumb Waiter and Henry Woolf performing Monologue. Films will run consecutively throughout the day in the Segal Theatre Center screening room, beginning at 11 a.m. with The Birthday Party, and continuing with The Comfort of Strangers, Krapp’s Last Tape, One for the Road, Voices, and Party Time.

For more information, and a complete schedule of the day's events, please visit:

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