The Birthday Party is the second full-length play by Harold Pinter and one of his best-known and most-frequently performed plays. After its hostile London reception almost ended Pinter's playwriting career, it went on to be considered "a classic." It tells the story of Stanley Webber, an erstwhile piano player in his 30s, who lives in a rundown boarding house, run by Meg and Petey Boles, in an English seaside town, "probably on the south coast, not too far from London". Two sinister strangers arrive suspiciously on his birthday and appear to have come looking for him, turning Stanley's apparently innocuous birthday party into a nightmare.

Artists

  • Harold PinterPlaywright
  • Mariann VerheyenCostume Design
  • Frances AronsonLighting Design
  • James GreenePetey
  • Mary Louise WilsonMeg
  • Gary SloanStanley
  • Mary Beth FisherLulu
  • Gordon ChaterGoldberg
  • Pat McNamaraMcCann
  • Ben LevitDirector
  • James Leonard JoyScenic Design

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