The Season in Union Square
in association with Nick Brooke Ltd. and Pleasance Edinburgh
Julian Sands in A Celebration of Harold Pinter
directed by John Malkovich
Strictly limited 3 week engagement as Irish Rep closes out their time at the DR2!
March 15 – April 3, 2016
With personal anecdotes and reflections drawn from their work together, this brilliant collaboration is a rich, humorous, and fascinating solo show directed by John Malkovich. A Celebration of Harold Pinter delivers an evening of Homeric Theatre with an extraordinary actor exploring Pinter’s lesser-known poems and prose, devoid of pretension or glittery trappings. It gets to the soul of the man- poet, playwright, husband, political activist, Nobel winner, mortal.
“Julian Sands is on occasion about as naked as an actor can be… when he reads Pinter’s poems you feel the playwright’s presence. This modest, affecting show embodies the notion of the actor as a transparent vessel through which we see the thoughts and feelings of others. Humility is not a trait usually associated with actors. But there is something profoundly humble about their putting their bodies in the service of other minds.” –The New York Times
“Performing the valuable service of bringing this marvelous, little-known poetry to striking life, the beautifully performed evening is a revelation.” –NY Post
“Julian Sands, making a strong New York theater debut, is performing portions of Pinter’s work in an elegant engaging homage. Sand [is] confident and enthusiastic onstage. His accomplished delivery of Pinter’s moving language is both graceful and impassioned… By the end of this skilled presentation, we feel that we’ve been rewarded with a richer perspective on Pinter, and on Sands as well.” –AP
“Sands is engaging and open. It’s great to hear him orate Pinter’s work in his plummy accent, coaxing out the sly, dark humor that’s just below the surface”-Entertainment Weekly
“Appropriately, Sands’ delivery proves to be crisp, heated and just a bit wily. And the sense of his unswerving admiration and respect for the language and his understanding of Pinter’s intent for each piece never flags”