Explore the details of Harold Pinter’s dark comedies The Lover and The Collection and then zoom out to consider its context and cultural relevance at this multi-panel symposium, featuring artists, scholars and experts from a variety of fields.
Coffee and breakfast treats provided.
Introduction by the Director at 10 a.m.
Watch an introductory message from Michael Kahn exploring his personal connection to these plays and why he wants to share them with audiences.
Sex and the Sixties at 10:15 a.m.
Take a look at the complexities of marriage and sex in the early 1960s as seen through Pinter’s two plays. And spoiler alert: it’s not too different than today. Hear about the relationships and the questions that arise with actor Lisa Dwan (Sarah/Stella), scholar of British social history Dr. Julie Taddeo (University of Maryland) and journalist Emily Yoffe (formerly the Dear Prudence advice columnist for Slate). Moderated by Audience Enrichment Manager Hannah Hessel Ratner.
The Form of Pinter at 11:45 a.m.
Beyond the infamous pause, Pinter’s poetic realism changed how stories were told on the stage and beyond. Explore Pinter’s storytelling structures with scholar Dr. Austin E. Quigley (Columbia University, The Pinter Problem) and theatre scholar Dr. Isaiah Wooden (American University). Moderated by Literary Manager and Dramaturg Drew Lichtenberg.