Aurora Theatre presents Harold Pinter’s classic drama Betrayal this October

Betrayal at Atlanta's Aurora Theatre

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Aurora Theatre continues their 17th season presenting master playwright Harold Pinter’s most famous work, Betrayal, opening October 4 and continuing through October 28, 2012. Betrayal explores the seven‑year infidelity of married couple Emma and Robert and their “close friend” Jerry. Told in reverse chronology, this classic drama exposes the wounds displayed by narcissistic competition, dishonesty and self‑deception. It heartlessly shows that the very capacity for love itself is sometimes based not only on betraying loved ones, but even ourselves.

About the Aurora Theatre Production

Aurora Theatre’s Betrayal production team features Artistic Directors from two of Atlanta top theatres as well as many Suzi Award-winning performers and designers. Aurora Theatre welcomes back real-life husband and wife Mark Kincaid and Tess Malis Kincaid, who in an interesting twist, portray illicit couple Jerry and Emma. Not only are the pair two of the region’s busiest actors, they are both nominated for 2012 Suzi Bass Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor/Actress respectively. The Suzi’s are Atlanta’s equivalent of the Tony Awards.

In the role of the not-entirely-blameless husband, Robert, is Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez. He returns to the Aurora Mainstage in a play for the first time since Noises Off in 2008. Making his Aurora Theatre debut is Adam Fiddler, a member of the Aurora Theatre’s inaugural Apprentice Company, a post-graduate professional development program now offered at Gwinnett’s only professional theatre. Directing this production is
Actor’s Express Artistic Director Freddie Ashley, back for his 11th show at Aurora Theatre. When asked what excites him about working on Betrayal, Mr. Ashley responded, “Working with Mark and Tess, two of Atlanta’s most critically acclaimed actors, is always exciting. And, wait till you see the work that Anthony is doing in the show. He’s doing exquisite work. It’s been a few years since I got to direct Tony in a meaty role and I always enjoy the chance to work with him. When you add into the mix that Betrayal is one of the five or ten greatest plays of the last century, then the question would be what’s NOT exciting about working on the show?”

About the Playwright

Harold Pinter is one of the most influential modern British dramatists with a writing career that spanned more than 50 years. A playwright, screenwriter, director and actor, his best-known plays include The Birthday Party (1957), The Homecoming (1964), and Betrayal (1978), each of which he adapted to film. Betrayal was inspired by Pinter’s seven-year affair with television presenter Joan Bakewell. Harold Pinter’s screenplay adaptations of others’ works include The Servant (1963), The Go-Between (1970), The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), The Trial (1993), and Sleuth (2007). He also directed or acted in radio, stage, television, and film productions of his own and others’ works. He directed nearly 50 productions for stage, theatre and screen. Pinter received over 50 awards, prizes, and other honors, including the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2005 and the French Légion D’honneur in 2007. He died from liver cancer in 2008.

Producer Quote

Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez talks about selecting Betrayal as a part of Aurora’s 17th season, “We have produced many of the 20th century’s great playwrights, so it is high time we take on a modern classic from Harold Pinter. For our season ticket holders we always try to offer a good balance of comedy, drama, new works and modern classics. We have two great new comedies coming up after the holidays. This play is an exquisitely written drama that audiences will adore.”

Programming in Aurora Theatre’s 2012-2013 Main Stage Season is possible through generous support from Metro Waterproofing and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund. Betrayal is sponsored by Brand Mortgage.

Cast & Crew

Tess Malis Kincaid                                         Emma
Mark Kincaid                                                   Jerry
Anthony Rodriguez                                        Robert
Adam Fiddler                                                  A Waiter

Producer                                                         Anthony Rodriguez
Associate Producer                                       Ann-Carol Pence
Director                                                           Freddie Ashley
Production Manager                                     Britt Hultgren Ramroop
Technical Director                                         James M. Helms
Assistant Technical Director                       Daniel Terry
Stage Manager                                                Kathryn M. Pelkey
Assistant Director                                          Adam Sechelski
Set Designers                                                   Isabel & Moriah Curley-Clay
Costume Designers                                         Isabel & Moriah Curley-Clay
Lighting Designer                                           Rob Dillard
Sound Designer                                               Thom Jenkins
Props Designer/Assistant Stage Manager  EB Hooyer
Scenic Artist                                                      Sarah Thomson
Backstage Crew                                                Megan Gann

Betrayal by Harold Pinter
October 4 through October 28, 2012

Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets $20 to $30

Wednesday Discount Matinee
October 24, 2012 at 10 a.m.
Tickets $16