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Tribute to Harold Pinter


May 2 | CUNY Graduate Center | NYC

With Harry Burton, Alastair Macaulay, Emily Mann, and other special guests

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 the intimate documentary portrait Working with Pinter.

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Schedule of Events & Performances

Four fascinating talks and panel discussions have been programmed for CUNY’s Proshansky Auditorium, offering insight into a range of diverse yet connected aspects of Harold Pinter’s biography and career. Special guests, invited to share their experience and expertise, often gained through close working and personal relationships with Pinter himself, will be on hand throughout the day to bring you ever closer to the man and his work.

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: The Early Days
A look at the early influences and experiences which shaped Harold Pinter’s career. This event features the U.S. premiere of the essential documentary Working with Pinter, introduced by its director and curator of today’s program, Harry Burton. Actor, director, and longtime friend of Pinter, Henry Woolf joins the discussion to share his unique perspective.

1 p.m.– 2.30 p.m.: Man of the Theatre
Playwrights John Glaure and Emily Mann, and former Theater Critic for The Financial Times Alastair Macaulay discuss Pinter’s relationship with the stage, as playwright and as actor.

2:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m.: Pinter at the Movies
Paul Schrader, who directed Pinter’s adaptation of Ian McEwan’s ‘The Comfort Of Strangers’ for the screen, and Patricia Rozema, who directed him in his starring role in Mansfield Park, share their unique perspectives on working closely with Pinter, and place his achievements in the context of the cinema of the twentieth century.

4 p.m.– 6 p.m.: Pinter and Politics
Harold Pinter’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech, “Art, Truth and Politics” receives its first ever U.S. public screening, with a very special introduction from Salman Rushdie. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on Pinter’s life as an activist, and his influence on other artists and dramatists. Charles Grimes, author of Harold Pinter’s Politics; Susan Hollis Merritt, editor of The Pinter Review and other guests and friends weigh in to discuss Harold Pinter’s lasting impact on the essential relationships between art, truth, and politics.

7 p.m.–10 p.m.: Performances
The day’s panels and discussions on the life and work of Harold Pinter will be followed by a series of unique opportunities to experience his extraordinary work performed live. Performances will include Monologue, featuring Henry Woolf, Pinter’s life-long friend and collaborator, and a rehearsed reading of The Dumb Waiter.

Schedule of Screenings

CUNY’s Martin E. Segal Theater will run a series of screenings concurrently with the above panels and discussions.

11: a.m.–12:45: The Birthday Party

1 p.m.–2:40: The Comfort of Strangers

3 p.m.– 4:10 p.m.: Krapp’s Last Tape

4:15 p.m.–4:45 p.m.: One for the Road

5 p.m. –5:30 p.m.: Harold Pinter in 4 audio extracts

5:30 p.m.–6 p.m.: Voices by Harold Pinter and James Clarke (audio)

6:15 p.m.–6:45 p.m.: Party Time

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