HAROLD PINTER | THE CARETAKER
with Patrick Lanagan, Tomas Spencer and Jesse Inman | Directed by Günther Grosser | Set Design by Tomas Fitzpatrick | Costume Design by Jeannette Jürgens | Lighting Design by Tom Oliveira | Photo: David Baltzer | Opened in November 2005 | Second run in February 2007
Our production of Harold Pinter's The Caretaker was one of the last productions at Friends of Italian Opera, the cozy 50-seater venue we operated for 15 years, which was located across the courtyard from where we are now. Directed by Artistic Director Günther Grosser, it ran for a couple of weeks before we closed the old theater. At the new venue, designer Tomas Fitzpatrick enlarged his beautiful white-and-blue stage set to accommodate the much larger dimensions of our new home. "Sit down": for ten more nights, Jesse Inman as Ashton would begin the play with an awkward invitation to the homeless man Davies (or Bernard Jenkins? We never find out) played by Patrick Lanagan. Later, Tomas Spencer would join them and team up with his brother Ashton only to humiliate poor Davies. A few months before we revived our production of this late 1950s classic, Harold Pinter received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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