American Premiere of two new one-act plays
by Harold Pinter
The Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center
Forum Theater, 1970
Landscape and Silence are Harold Pinter's newest and
most experimental plays. They compress a vision and a theatrical style unique
to the Western stage. Silence is both a theme and a stage technique. Pinter
There are two silences. One when no word is spoken. The other when perhaps
a torrent of language is employed. This speech is speaking a language locked
beneath it. That is its continual reference. The speech we hear is an indication
of what we don't hear. It is a necessary avoidance, a violent, sly, anguished
or mocking smokescreen which keeps the other in its place. When true silence
falls, we are still left with echo but are nearer nakedness. One way of
looking at speech is to say it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.
The Forum was designed to stimulate experiment and to stretch the company's
range. In seeking new forms of theatrical expression, The Repertory Theater
is proud to present the American premiere of these two new one-act plays,
Landscape and Silence, by one of England's most provocative
and poetic playwrights. It is the third offering in our second subscription
season which began with the American premiere of Czech playwright Vaclav Havel's
The Increased Difficulty of Concentration, and was followed by
the first full-Iength play of 21-year-old Jeff Wanshel, The Disintegration
of James Cherry.
In our first subscription series last season, The Forum introduced provocative
new American plays by John White (Bananas), Charles Dizenzo (A
Great Career and An Evening For Merlin Finch) and John Ford
Noonan (The Year Boston Won The Pennant), and also presented the
New York debut of James Hanley's The Inner Journey. The Forum was
begun in 1967 in an effort to incorporate experiment into the repertory concept.
The inaugural production of Mayo Simon's two one-acts, Walking To Waldheim
and Happiness, was followed by Ron Cowen's Summertree.
With gifts from The Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts,
and the Edward John Noble Foundation, The Repertory Theater has been able to
continue and expand The Forum program.
— Jules Irving
Eero Saarinen and Jo Mielziner, Collaborating Designers
Scenery by The Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center Scene Shop; costumes built
by Mariana Torres.
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- Forum lobby. left and right
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- Box-Office and Forum lobbies
- Coat Lockers:
- Forum lobby Bar Service in Grand Foyer of Vivian Beaumont. No drinks
may be taken into auditorium.
- Doctors who expect to be called during performances may give their seat
locations to an usher.
- Lost and Found:
- Check usher at performance time or phone during day: EN 2-7600
- Cameras or sound-recording devices are prohibited in this theater at
- Smoking in lobby only.
The Baldwin is the official piano and organ of The Vivian Beaumont Theater.
100% Columbian coffee is served in The Forum lobby during the first
- Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the management.
Harold Pinter: A Brief Chronology
||Born in Hackney, London
||Becomes repertory actor under stage name of David Baron
||*The Room (performed at Bristol University)
||The Birthday Party
||A Slight Ache, Revue Sketches: "Trouble in the Works",
"The Black and White", "Request Stop", "Special Offer", "Last to Go"
||A Night Out, Night School, The Dwarfs,
The Dumbwaiter (written in 1957), The Caretaker
||The Lover. Film scripts for The Caretaker,
The Pumpkin Eater, The Servant.
||Tea Party, The Homecoming
||Film scripts: The Quiller Memorandum, Accident 1967 The
|*All of Pinter's work including Landscape
and Silence is published by Grove Press in America.
Robert Symonds has been active as both actor and director with The Repertory
Theater since the inaugural season at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. This
season he was seen as Kit Carson in "The Time of Your Life" and Lord Mulligan
in "Camino Real" on the mainstage and as Mendacious Porpentine in "The Disintegration
of James Cherry" in The Forum. Last season, the protean Mr. Symonds played
Kemp in "A Cry of Players," Evans in "In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer"
and the title role in Moliere's ':The Miser" on the mainstage, and in The
Forum directed John White's .'Bananas" and was seen in the central role
of Dominic Christian in "The Inner Journey." During the 1965-66 season,
he appeared as Azdak in "The Caucasian Chalk Circle," for which he was voted
Best Supporting Actor by Variety's Poll of New York Critics, as Robespierre
in "Danton's Death" and as Mr. Sparkish in "The Country Wife," which he
also directed. In the 1966-67 season he played Captain Face in "The Alchemist,"
staged "The East Wind" and played Federzoni in "Galileo." For the 1967-68
season Mr. Symonds played the title role in "Cyrano de Bergerac," Chaplain
de Stogumber in "Saint Joan" and Demokos in "Tiger at the Gates." As both
actor and director, Mr. symonds was associated with The San Francisco Actor's
Workshop for eleven years. He is the associate director of The Repertory
Mildred Natwick, whose superb talents have won her international recognition,
was first introduced to Broadway audiences in "Carrie Nation." It was a
case of love at first sight, and Miss Natwick has been delighting theatergoers
since then in such plays as Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit," "The Playboy
of the Western World," "The Grass Harp" by Truman Capote, "Candida" and
Christopher Fry's "The Firstborn" with Katharine Cornell, "Waltz of the
Toreadors" with Sir Ralph Richardson, "The Good Soup," "Critic's Choice,"
"Barefoot in the Park" in New York and London, and, most recently, in the
revival of "Our Town." Miss Natwick began her acting career with the Vagabonds,
a local theater group in Baltimore and later joined the famous University
Players, trading lines with such other fledgling actors as Henry Fonda,
the late Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart and Joshua Logan. On the screen,
she has been acclaimed for her roles in such films as "The Quiet Man," "The
Trouble with Harry," "The Court Jester" and "Barefoot in the Park," for
which she won the Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress. Currently,
Miss Natwick can be seen on the screen in Truman Capote's "Trilogy" and
has appeared on almost every major television dramatic show.
A recipient of both an Indiana University Fellowship in theater and a
Fulbright Grant in acting, Barbara Tarbuck has had the unique experience
of alternating the roles of Laura and Amanda in "The Glass Menagerie." After
a year in repertory at Indiana University, she studied at The London Academy
of Music and Dramatic Art, returning to this country to tour with the first
national company of "America Hurrah," under the direction of Joseph Chaiken.
Last season, Miss Tarbuck toured in Tyrone Guthrie's production of "Lamp
At Midnight." Her summer stock experience includes such varied plays as
Pinter's "The Birthday Party," "Mary, Mary" and "The Lion in Winter."
James Patterson received the 1968 "Tony" Award as Best Supporting Actor
for his performance as Stanley in Pinter's "The Birthday Party." This versatile
young actor has been seen in some of off-Broadway's most memorable offerings,
including Edward Albee's "The Zoo Story," Robert Lowell's "The Old Glory,"
George in "Epitaph For George Dillon," and an adaptation of Dostoyevsky's
.'Brothers Karamazov" in which he played Dimitri. In addition, Mr. Patterson
won an "Obie" for his portrayal of Bill Lloyd in still another Pinter play,
"The Collection." Among his other Broadway credits, he appeared as Bill
Maitland in the matinee performances of "Inadmissible Evidence" and during
the same season was seen in Edna St. Vincent Millay's "Conversations at
Midnight." His most recent Broadway appearance was in "The Wrong Way Light
Bulb" and in London, he was seen in "Tomorrow With Pictures." Last sum.
mer, he played the role of John in Ionesco's "Hunger and Thirst," at Stockbridge,
Mass. Mr. Patterson's film credits include "Lilith," "In the Heat Of the
Night" and "Castle Keep"; and on television, he has been seen on many of
the major dramatic shows including "Mission Impossible" and "The F.B.I.,"
as well as NET's Shakespeare Repertory Company.
Born in Cardiff, South Wales, Peter Gill made his first trip to this
country last summer to direct "Much Ado About Nothing" at Stratford, Conn:
He began his theatrical career as an actor, then joined the Royal Court
Theater as an assistant director. His first major production was the Restoration
comedy "The Soldier's Fortune," by Thomas Otway. He also directed three
full-Iength plays by D. H. Lawrence: "A Collier's Friday Night," "The Daughter-in-Law"
and "The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd" which played in repertory at the Royal
Court, successfully introducing Lawrence as a playwright. Subsequently Mr.
Gill took "The Daughter-in-Law" on tour in eastern Europe where it won first
prize at the 1968 Belgrade International Theatre Festival. His other directorial
credits include "Crimes of Passion" by Joe Orton, a double-bill of "The
Local Stigmatic" by Heathcote Williams and "The Dwarfs" by Harold Pinter
at the Travers Theatre in Edinburgh, Shaw's "O'Flaherty VC" which opened
at the Mermaid Theater in London and then went on tour to the Vancouver
Festival, and "Life Price," a documentary study of a child murderer. Mr.
Gill also wrote and directed "Over Gardens Out" and "The Sleepers Den" which
were produced at the Theater Upstairs at the Royal Court and will be published
this summer by Calder & Boyars. His other play, "A Precious Life," based
on Chekhov's "My Life," was performed at the Royal Court in 1967. Queried
about his future plans, Mr. Gill disclosed that he will direct "Hedda Gabler"
in Stratford, Ontario, this summer and then hopes to get to work on writing
and directing a film.
||Douglas W. Schmidt
Based on designs by John Gunter.
Schmidt designed William Hanley's "The Inner Journey" for director Jules
Irving and returned this season as resident designer for The Repertory Theater
to do "The Time of Your Life" and "Operation Sidewinder" on the Beaumont
mainstage and "The Disintegration of James Cherry" in The Forum. His credits
include a wide range of work in both regional theater and in New York. He
has recently returned from the Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis where
he designed "The Homecoming" for director Joseph Anthony. He has worked
extensively for the New York Shakespeare Festival where the productions
he has designed include "King John" and "Twelfth Night" in Central Park,
all for director Joseph Papp. In addition to designing for the theater,
Mr. Schmidt is involved in readying the novel, "The Man Who Loved Children,"
for production as a motion picture.
As resident lighting designer for The Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center,
John Gleason created the lighting earlier this season for "The Time of Your
Life," "Camino Real" and the current production of "Operation Sidewinder"
on the mainstage and "The Increased Difficulty of Concentration" and "The
Disintegration of James Cherry" in The Forum. Last season he designed lighting
for "King Lear," "A Cry of Players," "In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer"
and "The Miser" on the Beaumont mainstage, and "Bananas," "An Evening for
Merlin Finch," "The Inner Journey" and "The Year Boston Won the Pennant"
in The Forum. Also for The Repertory Theater, he was responsible for the
lighting in the initial Forum productions, "Walking to Waldheim" and "Happiness,"
and Ron Cowen's "Summertree," and for "Saint Joan," "Tiger at the Gates,"
"Cyrano de Bergerac," "The Alchemist" and "Yerma" at the Beaumont, and "Tartuffe"
and "The Changeling" at the ANTA-Washington Square. Mr. Gleason is a technical
consultant and lighting designer for The National Theater of The Deaf which
recently completed its second U.S. tour, and will be lighting designer this
summer for the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Conn.
||Douglas W. Schmidt
based on designs by Deirdre Clancy.