Campbell’s fall drama explores the disturbing consequences of “Betrayal”

November 10, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Buies Creek, N.C.-- Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter’s work is said to be characterized by an ability to “uncover the precipice in everyday prattle and force entry into oppression’s closed rooms.” The Campbell University Theatre Arts Department will present Pinter’s play, “Betrayal,” about a woman’s extramarital affair and the effect it has on everyone around her, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14-15, and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20-22, at 8 p.m. in Ellis Theatre of the Rogers Fine Arts Center. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Campbell University Box Office at 910.893.1509 or 800.334.4111, ext. 1509.

The author of over 29 plays, including “Celebration,” “The Birthday Party” and “The Caretaker,” Pinter believes that reality and unreality are interchangeable. “There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is not, what is true and what is false,” he said. “A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.”

“Betrayal” is an autobiographical play that examines the surprise attraction, first steps, and eventual deception of a woman’s affair with her husband’s best friend. The entire story is told from the husband’s point of view with the scenes in reverse chronological order which heightens the dramatic impact of the drama, according to Director Georgia Martin.

“‘Betrayal’ is a story about the dangers of infidelity which leaves you asking,  ‘Who betrays whom?’” said Martin. “It’s about the ability to communicate with each other and with our own dreams and, in the end, when we betray others, we betray ourselves.”

For more information, contact the Campbell University Fine Arts Division at 910.893.1495 or 800.334.4111, ext. 1495.

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Date: 11/11/08

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