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Perloff on Pinter: A.C.T.’s Artistic Director Prepares for The Birthday Party

“Harold always said that doing his plays was like an athletic event.” Carey Perloff discusses directing Pinter’s classic at its first rehearsal.

by Taylor Steinbeck
Jan 2, 2018

Purely Pinteresque: The Elements of Pinter’s Language

What makes something Pinteresque? Learn more about Pinter’s writing style and aesthetic.

by Taylor Steinbeck
Jan 9, 2018

Like Staging a Boxing Match: An Interview with Director Carey Perloff

As Perloff returns to The Birthday Party for the first time since the ’80s, she spoke about the play and her long partnership with Pinter and his work.

by Simon Hodgson
Jan 11, 2018

Pinterland: The Life and Work of Harold Pinter

Who was Harold Pinter and how did he change the Western theatrical landscape?

by Elspeth Sweatman
Jan 16, 2018

The Birthday Party Prologue Discussion

Before the performance of The Birthday Party on January 16, 2018, Artistic Director Carey Perloff and A.C.T. Resident Dramaturg Michael Paller spoke to a live audience about Perloff’s relationship with playwright Harold Pinter and creating her last production as Artistic Director of A.C.T.

Perloff on Pinter: Directing a Classic

Why does Pinter’s “comedy of menace” continue to resonate? Carey Perloff discusses directing this
darkly comic British drama.


Like Sheet Music: Actor Marco Barricelli Talks Pinter

Actor Marco Barricelli gives us an inside perspective on his impressions of and approaches to Pinter’s unique aesthetic. 

by Elspeth Sweatman
Jan 19, 2018

Five Things to Know about The Birthday Party Playwright Harold Pinter


An introduction to the man behind the mystery.

by A.C.T. Publications
Jan 26, 2018

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