Harold Pinter's No Man's Land at American Repertory Theatre
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An aging writer named Hirst finds himself in “the last lap of a race” he has “long forgotten to run.” He brings home Spooner, a down-at-heel poet he has encountered in a pub on Hampstead Heath. The older men reminisce about their pasts, which may or may not intersect. Another pair of men burst in and claim to be Hirst’s young servants—but who is really the master here? Who is trapped and who is free? The booze flows, the facts get slippery, and nothing is exactly what it seems. Hirst is caught between the peril of old age and a youth that may have been a lie, in a “no man’s land…forever silent.”
David Wheeler returns to the A.R.T. to direct this tragicomic gem from Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter.
Born October 10, 1930, in East London, Harold Pinter is a playwright, director, actor, poet and political activist. He has written twenty-nine plays including The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, The Homecoming, and Betrayal, twenty-one screenplays including “The Servant”, “The Go-Between” and “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”, and directed twenty-seven theatre productions, including James Joyce’s Exiles, David Mamet’s Oleanna, seven plays by Simon Gray and many of his own plays including his latest, Celebration, paired with his first, The Room, at The Almeida Theatre, London, in the spring of 2000. He has been awarded the Shakespeare Prize (Hamburg), the European Prize for Literature (Vienna), the Pirandello Prize (Palermo), the David Cohen British Literature Prize, the Laurence Olivier Award and the Moliere D’Honneur for lifetime achievement. In 1999, Pinter was made a Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature. He has received honorary degrees from fourteen universities, and most recently, the Nobel Prize for Literature 2006.
Associate artist David Wheeler has previously directed A.R.T. productions of Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming and The Caretaker. No Man’s Land is his 14th Pinter production, including the American premieres of The Dwarfs, A Slight Ache, and The Room. As Resident Director at A.R.T. since 1984: Othello, Doctor’s Dilemma, Valparaiso, How I Learned to Drive, Nobody Dies on Friday, Man and Superman, Waiting For Godot (1995), Picasso at the Lapin Agile, What the Butler Saw, Heartbreak House, Misalliance, True West, Angel City, The Day Room, Cannibal Masque, Gillette, David Mamet’s adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (with Christopher Walken and Lindsay Crouse), and Two by Korder: Fun and Nobody. He directed The Boys Next Door, both at the A.R.T. and at Trinity Repertory Company, where he has directed over a dozen productions including Hurly Burly, Fool for Love, A Lie of the Mind, and The House of Blue Leaves.
On Broadway he directed Richard III with Al Pacino, and The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, for which Mr. Pacino won the Tony Award for Best Actor. Regional theatres include the Guthrie Theatre, Alley Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, Pittsburgh Playhouse, and the Charles de Rochefort Theatre in Paris, where he directed the French premiere of Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story.
As Artistic Director of the Theatre Company of Boston (TCB) from 1963–75, Mr. Wheeler directed over eighty productions, among them ten by Pinter, seven by Brecht, five by Albee, nine by Beckett, two by O’Neill, and numerous works by new writers such as Ed Bullins, Jeffrey Bush, John Hawkes, Adrienne Kennedy, and Sam Shepard, helping launch the careers of then unknown actors including Paul Benedict, Larry Bryggman, John Cazale, Stockard Channing, Blythe Danner, Robert DeNiro, Robert Duvall, Hector Elizondo, Spalding Gray, Paul Guilfoyle, Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino, Jon Voight, Ralph Waite, and James Woods.
Mr. Wheeler’s honors include the Elliot Norton Award for his work on Misalliance, the St. Botolph Club Foundation’s Award for Distinction in the Performing Arts, and the Rodgers and Hammerstein Award.