Pinter Masterpiece is Nashville Debut for White Orchard Theater

The Caretaker 1White Orchard Theater makes its Nashville debut this weekend with a revival of Harold Pinter’s seminal play The Caretaker.

The production is directed by Irina Sundukova, the troupe’s founder, and stars Pat Reilly, David Chattam and Jonah Kraut. Its venue is the “O” Gallery at Marathon Village (1305 Clinton St., Ste. 120).

A free industry preview today (Nov. 1) starts at 7:30 p.m.; subsequent paid-admission shows begin at the same time on Nov. 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10. Tickets are $15 (with a student discount price of $10). For tickets call (305) 331-1233 or buy them online by clicking here.

The Caretaker 3The 1960 London premiere of The Caretaker with Alan Bates, Peter Woodthorpe and Donald Pleasence led esteemed Sunday Times critic (and early Pinter champion) Harold Hobson to write, “Witty, violent, written with an infallible ear for the rhythm of language, menacing and compassionate, The Caretaker is visibly the product of the same disturbing mind that produced the Birthday Party, which is now recognized to be one of the major plays of our time.” More than 50 years later the play’s intentionally ambiguous look at the tragicomic trio of two brothers and a tramp (based on people Pinter knew) still commands great attention: a revival earlier this year at the Brooklyn Academy of Music featuring Jonathan Pryce as the tramp played to packed houses and critical acclaim after the same production had been successful in Liverpool and London runs.

The Caretaker 2White Orchard Theater, to quote its mission statement, “promotes the creation of new work, the revitalization of classical material, consistent experimentation with contemporary theatrical forms, facilitation of creative and cultural exchange of artists from different social, cultural and national backgrounds, and the exposure of this collaborative work to our audience. By doing this, our goal at White Orchard Theater is to provoke thought and communication about social issues while challenging ideas, stereotypes, and preconceived notions about modern society.”

The Caretaker 4The performing arts organization was founded in 2003 and later incorporated as a nonprofit entity with the state of Florida. For more information on White Orchard Theater visit www.whiteorchardtheater.com.

*Photos by Stephanie McKee courtesy White Orchard Theater.

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