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LtoR: Pilar Witherspoon, Craig Wroe& Shannon Koob  in a scene from "Old Times"
photo credit :  Alicia Donelan

LtoR: Shannon Koob  & Craig Wroe in a scene from "Old Times"
photo credit :  Alicia Donelan

LtoR: Shannon Koob ,Craig Wroe & Pilar Witherspoon in a scene from "Old Times"
photo credit :  Alicia Donelan

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For Immediate Release: 

m Beach Dramaworks

Harold Pinter’s
Old Times

Opening January 31
at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre

Past and present converge, and reality and unreality collide in Harold Pinter’s acclaimed Old Times, which opens on  Friday, January 31 (8pm) at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre (201 Clematis Street). Performances continue through
March 2, with specially priced previews on January 29 and 30.

In this three-character play, Kate and Deeley, a married couple, receive an unexpected visit from Kate’s old friend, Anna. The two women have not seen each other for 20 years, and Deeley and Anna have never met – or maybe they have. As the play unfolds, audiences will witness words that are undependable and memories that are unreliable. “Language . . . is a highly ambiguous business,” Pinter once wrote. “So often, below the word spoken, is the thing known and unspoken.”

Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production of Old Times is directed by Resident Director J. Barry Lewis, and features three actors making their company debuts: Shannon Koob (Kate), Pilar Witherspoon (Anna), and Craig Wroe (Deeley).

Scenic design is by Victor Becker, costume design by Leslye Menshouse, lighting design by Paul Black, and sound design by Richard Szczublewski. The two-act play will be performed without an intermission.

Old Times was first presented in London by the Royal Shakespeare Company in June, 1971. The play opened on Broadway later that year, and starred Rosemary Harris, Mary Ure, and Robert Shaw. Both productions were directed by Peter Hall. An off-Broadway production in 1984 starred Jane Alexander, Marsha Mason, and Anthony Hopkins. Old Times was most recently performed last year on the West End, with Kristin Scott Thomas, Lia Williams, and Rufus Sewell.

Harold Pinter (1930-2008) was the recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature; the acknowledgement read, “who in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression’s closed rooms.” His best-known works include The Birthday Party (1957), The Caretaker (1959), The Homecoming (1964), Old Times, No Man’s Land (1974), and Betrayal (1978). Pinter, a native of London, was also a screenwriter, director, and actor. As director, he had a long artistic partnership with the playwright Simon Gray, directing 10 of Gray’s works for stage, film, and television. His screenplays include The Last Tycoon, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, and the 2007 adaptation of Anthony Shaffer’s Sleuth.

Palm Beach Dramaworks is a non-profit, professional theatre and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Florida Professional Theatres Association, Florida Theatre Conference, and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. For fourteen years, West Palm Beach's only professional, multi-award-winning resident theatre has brought to the Palm Beaches a distinguished roster of plays under the guidance of Producing Artistic Director William Hayes.

The performance schedule is as follows: Evening performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM and Sunday at 7PM. Matinee performances are on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2PM. Individual tickets are $60 for all performances. Preview performances are $52 and Opening Night tickets  are $75. Student tickets are available for $10. Group rates for 20 or more and discounted season subscriptions are also available.

The Don & Ann Brown Theatre is located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, at 201 Clematis Street. For ticket information contact the box office at (561) 514-4042, open Monday from 10AM to 5PM, Tuesday through Saturday from 10AM to 6PM, and Sunday from 11AM to 5PM, or visit www.palmbeachdramaworks.org

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