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Harold Pinter
directed by Emily Mann

In Meg and Petey's seedy English boarding house, breakfast consists of cornflakes, fried bread and tea. Stanley, their only boarder, is having his birthday. But their peaceful, if mundane, existence is threatened by the arrival of two mysterious strangers. Who are they looking for? Did they bring a van and a wheelbarrow? After a few glasses of whiskey and a game of blindman's buff, Stanley's birthday party turns into something both sinister and disorienting.

Harold Pinter is at his mysterious best in this spine-chilling comic riff on free-floating menace. Winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature, Pinter's other plays include The Caretaker, The Homecoming, Old Times and Betrayal.

Appropriate for ages 12 and up

"A first rate production... A superb cast!"
- By Naomi Siegel, The New York Times.
"A Pinter Party Worth Traveling For.."
- By Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
"McCarter gives Pinter a happy 'Birthday Party' "
BY PETER FILICHIA, Star-Ledger Staff
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(From left to right)
Barbara Bryne; Allan Corduner; Randall Newsome; Charlotte Parry; Henry Stram; James A. Stephens;
Direction Emily  Mann
Set Design Eugene  Lee
Costume Design Jennifer von  Mayrhauser
Lighting Design Jeff  Croiter
Sound Design Rob Milburn and  Michael Bodeen
Fight Direction Rick  Sordelet
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Location: Berlind
Seating Chart
Dates: Sep 8 - Oct 15 2006
Run Time:Approx 1 hr 50 min with one 15 min intermission
Time: Mon - Thurs: 7:30pm
Fri  - 8:00pm
Sat - 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sun: 2:00pm & 7:30pm
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Audience Guide
View Trailer
Dialogue on Drama
Schedule Reminder
8/30 Live at the Library
9/17 Dialogue on Drama
9/20 Post Performance Discussions
9/21 Pride Night
9/22 After Hours
9/24 Post Performance Discussions
10/14 ASL Performance
10/15 Audio Described Perf.

Emily Mann on Pinter and The Birthday Party


Thoughts on “The Birthday Party”
-Playwright Christopher Durang

Visit Harold Pinter's website
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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