Perloff on Pinter: A.C.T.’s Artistic Director Prepares for The Birthday Party
By Taylor Steinbeck
For A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff, directing a Pinter play is a labor of love. Having directed The Birthday Party twice before at Classic Stage Company (CSC) in 1988 and 1989 as well as several of his works here at A.C.T. (Old Times , Celebration , The Room , The Homecoming ), Perloff knows the playwright’s writing intimately. At the first rehearsal of Perloff’s final directing job as A.C.T.’s artistic director, she introduced colleagues, actors, and staff members to her vision for The Birthday Party, and discussed why she is returning to this darkly comedic play.
|A.C.T. Dramaurg Michael Paller and director Carey Perloff at the first rehearsal for The Birthday Party.|
|Firdous Bamji (Stanley) and Scott Wentworth (Goldberg) |
at the first rehearsal for The Birthday Party.
As Perloff prepares to bring The Birthday Party to The Geary for the first time, she is ready for the challenges that a Pinter play presents, and excited to have her directing muscles stretched. “Harold always said that doing his plays was like an athletic event,” she said. “You step onto the deck and the clock goes. There’s no wind-up time. It is the most thrilling thing to work on because it just exercises your muscle like no other writer—it’s a beautiful and amazing experience.”
The Birthday Party begins at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater January 10 and runs through February 4. Click here to purchase tickets.