The late Harold Pinter’s writing career spanned more than fifty years. One of the most influential and controversial modern dramatists, Pinter wrote more than twenty-nine plays and some twenty-one screenplays. His plays include Betrayal, No Man’s Land, Old Times, The Caretaker, The Birthday Party, A Kind of Alaska, and the Tony Award-winning The Homecoming. Pinter was also a noted director, actor, poet, and political activist.
When the late dramatist was too sick to read his poetry at a benefit, he asked critically acclaimed actor Julian Sands to sub for him. He also demanded that the finely tuned British actor prepare by taking an extended master class with the celebrated writer himself. Not surprisingly, Sands was thrilled.
The CAC’s Freeport-McMoRan Theater provides a spectacularly intimate way to commune with the master of human mysteries, as channeled with affection, humor and insight through Sands. While sharing Pinter's little-known poetry, he touches on the playwright's thoughts and writings about art, truth, politics and his love for his second wife, writer-historian Antonia Fraser.
Academy Award Nominee John Malkovich, who co-starred with Sands in The Killing Fields and is a founding member of the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, directed this celebrated solo for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011.
British actor Julian Sands is frequently seen world-wide in films, on stage, and on television. He trained in London at The Central School of Speech and Drama and has appeared in over 100 films including The Killing Fields, A Room With A View, Impromptu, Leaving Las Vegas, Arachnophobia, Oceans 13, and The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo. On television, he is best known for his role on 24 but has also been seen on Smallville, Ghost Whisperer, Dexter, and Banshee.
This is an evening of Homeric theater with an extraordinary actor, great words, and an audience. Devoid of pretension or glittery trappings, A Celebration of Harold Pinter gets to the soul of the man—poet, playwright, husband, political activist, Nobel winner, mortal. A Celebration of Harold Pinter was nominated for a 2013 Drama Desk Award.