Betrayal tells the story of an extra-marital affair with frankness, humor and unflinching honesty. This show is not appropriate for children under age 17.
Staged Reading: Betrayal
Written by Harold Pinter
Directed by Gregory Gorrindo
Ubu's Artistic Direction by MIchael Siebrass
Stage Management by Pam Hester
April 15 – April 16, 2022
Fri & Sat @ 7 pm Sat @ 2 pm
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Betrayal is the story of an illicit affair that unfolds in reverse—from the end of a marriage to the first forbidden spark. With poetic precision, rich humor
and an extraordinary emotional force, Pinter charts a compelling seven-year romance from end to beginning.
Inspired by Pinter’s clandestine affair with BBC television personality, Joan Bakewell, this 1978 play is considered one of the playwrights major dramatic works. Winner in New York of the Drama Critics Circle Award as best foreign play and in London of the West End Award as best play of the season. Dealing with the “eternal triangle”—wife, husband and the wife’s lover—the playwright, with his customary inventiveness and subtlety, brings new insights to this timeless theme.
About Ubu’s Other Shoe & Staged Readings
A staged reading is a form of theatre without sets or full costumes and props. The actors read from scripts, sometimes using music stands. They may be seated, stand in fixed positions, or incorporate minimal stage movement.
SLO REP’s staged reading series is named after the infamous trilogy of plays written by Alfred Jarry (Ubu Roi) that were banned from the stage after riots erupted on opening night. Ubu’s Other Shoe pays homage to the spirit of Jarry and to all artists who strive to explore the fringes of their art. This exciting series exists to offer actors, directors and audience members an opportunity to experience incredible plays that do not necessarily fit into our regular main stage season. Thank you for taking this journey with us.
…marvelous scenes, packed with suppressed tension, torn loyalties and confused, unspoken feelings…
– NY Times
BETRAYAL is an exquisite play, brilliantly simple in form and courageous in its search for a poetry that turns banality into melancholy beauty.
…a powerful expression of the chasm between recollection and reality, of the gaps between people who need to be intimate with each other.
– Village Voice
Ubu's Other Shoe Season Sponsor
Pam & Mitch Nichter
Artistic Team Support
"Toast of the Town" Wine Partner
Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.