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Lincoln Center slates Pinter festival

Playwright will direct Almeida productions of 'Room'

NEW YORK — A major retrospective of plays by Harold Pinter highlights the three-week Lincoln Center Festival 2001. The Pinter fest comes five years after Lincoln Center’s retrospective of plays by Samuel Beckett.

All the Pinter productions are new to the U.S. and will be presented by the Almeida Theatre, the Royal Court of London and the Gate Theatre of Dublin, three legit companies long associated with the playwright.

Stagings include the first play Pinter wrote, “The Room,” paired with his most recent, “Celebration,” making its U.S. debut. The nine plays will be performed over 12 days in four venues in and around Lincoln Center.

Pinter himself will perform in a Gate Theatre production of “One for the Road,” a 1984 play that opens the festival July 16. Robin Lefevre directs Pinter and Indira Varma. It will be staged with the playwright’s 1982 work “A Kind of Alaska,” with Karol Reisz directing Penelope Wilton, Stephen Brennan and Brid Brenna (July 16-21).

Ian Holm, who originated the role of Lenny in the world-premiere production of “The Homecoming” in 1965, now plays Lenny’s father, Max, in a Gate Theatre production of the play. Ian Hart, John Kavanagh, Nick Dunning and Lia Williams join Holm under Lefevre’s direction (July 18-22).

Author directs

Pinter directs the Almeida productions of “The Room,” to be paired with “Celebration.” Featured actors include Lindsay Duncan, Steve Pacey and Keith Allen (July 24-28).

Other plays in the Pinter series include the Gate Theatre production of “Landscape” (July 25-28), directed by Reisz; the Almeida production of “Monologue” (July 19-22), directed by Gari Jones; and the Royal Court productions of “Mountain Language” and “Ashes to Ashes” (July 26-29), directed by Katie Mitchell.

In addition to the Pinter fest, the legit wing of the Lincoln Center Festival will feature Philip Glass’ five-act opera “White Raven,” with libretto by Luisa Costa Gomes.

The U.S. premiere of “White Raven” marks the third operatic collaboration of Glass and director Robert Wilson. The two previously joined forces on “Einstein on the Beach” and “the CIVIL warS.”

“White Raven,” commissioned by the Portuguese government in celebration of Portuguese explorers of the late 16th century, is inspired by the adventures of Vasco da Gama.

The opera will receive four performances at the New York State Theater (July 10-14).Lincoln Center slates Pinter festival

Playwright will direct Almeida productions of ‘Room’

By ROBERT HOFLER

NEW YORK — A major retrospective of plays by Harold Pinter highlights the three-week Lincoln Center Festival 2001. The Pinter fest comes five years after Lincoln Center’s retrospective of plays by Samuel Beckett.

All the Pinter productions are new to the U.S. and will be presented by the Almeida Theatre, the Royal Court of London and the Gate Theatre of Dublin, three legit companies long associated with the playwright.

Stagings include the first play Pinter wrote, “The Room,” paired with his most recent, “Celebration,” making its U.S. debut. The nine plays will be performed over 12 days in four venues in and around Lincoln Center.

Pinter himself will perform in a Gate Theatre production of “One for the Road,” a 1984 play that opens the festival July 16. Robin Lefevre directs Pinter and Indira Varma. It will be staged with the playwright’s 1982 work “A Kind of Alaska,” with Karol Reisz directing Penelope Wilton, Stephen Brennan and Brid Brenna (July 16-21).

Ian Holm, who originated the role of Lenny in the world-premiere production of “The Homecoming” in 1965, now plays Lenny’s father, Max, in a Gate Theatre production of the play. Ian Hart, John Kavanagh, Nick Dunning and Lia Williams join Holm under Lefevre’s direction (July 18-22).

Author directs

Pinter directs the Almeida productions of “The Room,” to be paired with “Celebration.” Featured actors include Lindsay Duncan, Steve Pacey and Keith Allen (July 24-28).

Other plays in the Pinter series include the Gate Theatre production of “Landscape” (July 25-28), directed by Reisz; the Almeida production of “Monologue” (July 19-22), directed by Gari Jones; and the Royal Court productions of “Mountain Language” and “Ashes to Ashes” (July 26-29), directed by Katie Mitchell.

In addition to the Pinter fest, the legit wing of the Lincoln Center Festival will feature Philip Glass’ five-act opera “White Raven,” with libretto by Luisa Costa Gomes.

The U.S. premiere of “White Raven” marks the third operatic collaboration of Glass and director Robert Wilson. The two previously joined forces on “Einstein on the Beach” and “the CIVIL warS.”

“White Raven,” commissioned by the Portuguese government in celebration of Portuguese explorers of the late 16th century, is inspired by the adventures of Vasco da Gama.

The opera will receive four performances at the New York State Theater (July 10-14).

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