Blackbird Theatre: PINTER’S BRIEFS

Blackbird Theatre presents


Harold Pinter at his comic best

Photo by Tim Matheson
Photo by Tim Matheson

The Dumb Waiter & selected shorts

September 9 – 27, 2008
Presentation House (333 Chesterfield Ave., North Vancouver)
Previews Sept. 6 & 7; evening shows 8 pm Tues.-Sat.; matinees 2 pm Sat. and Sun.
Tickets (prices below) at theatre box office or call 604-990-3474, online at

October 8 – 16, 2008
Studio 16 (1555 W. 7th Ave.)
Preview Oct. 7; evening shows 8 pm (no show Oct. 13); matinees 2pm Sat and Sun
Tickets at Tickets Tonight, 604-684-2787 or online at
All evening shows $27 / $20 (seniors) / $10 (students and groups of 10 or more).
All matinees $20; all previews are Pay-What-You-Can.
(Prices include taxes and service charges)

Blackbird Theatre launches its 2008-2009 season with Pinter’s Briefs, a collection of quirky, superbly entertaining short plays by Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter, directed by John Wright and starring Simon Webb and Anthony F. Ingram. These rarely-performed comic gems – six short pieces and the iconic one-act play The Dumb Waiter – have been collected from the master’s oeuvre and polished to perfection by Vancouver’s award-winning Blackbird Theatre. Pinter’s Briefs will be presented in intimate venues over the next several months.

Blackbird’s 2006 production of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party was enthusiastically received by critics and audiences, garnering multiple Jessie Award nominations (including one for Anthony F. Ingram’s performance as Stanley). With Pinter’s Briefs, the company mines a lighter vein: existential comedy, funny and touching, that nonetheless contains a lurking undercurrent of suspense…a frisson of fear that will keep audiences riveted to their seats.

Photo by Tim Matheson

Photo by Tim Matheson

Pinter’s Briefs will feature set and costume design by Marti Wright, lighting design by Mélissa C. Powell and sound design by Alexander Brendan Ferguson, with production management and technical direction by Jayson Maclean and stage management by Noa Anatot.

Note: Pinter’s Briefs will also be mounted in the new VanCity Culture Lab at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre from December 3 to 6 (preview Dec. 2). Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster; please check for details.

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