Coe theatre to present the dramatic mystery "Old Times"

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2011-09-16 08:45:54 - General

Coe students Rebekah Isack (seated, as Anna), Rashad Harris (as Delley) and Courtney Marti (as Kate) are featured in the upcoming Coe theatre production "Old Times."  The play opens Sept. 30 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus.

The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present the dramatic mystery “Old Times” on Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus.  All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday, Oct. 2 performance, which begins at 2:30 p.m.

Seats are reserved, and tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors.  Tickets can be purchased at the door, or by calling the Coe College Box Office at 399-8600, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Playgoers also have the option to enjoy dinner, complete with a pre-performance talk given by the directors, at Clark Alumni House prior to the performance on Saturday, Oct. 1. Tickets for the dinner can also be purchased for $20 by calling Linda Givvin at 399-8619.

Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter’s “Old Times” was first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1971 and nominated for a Tony Award in five categories a year later. Directed by Coe Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Steven Marc Weiss, this darkly humorous, poetically haunting play floats adrift in a sea of mystery as a woman’s husband and best friend engage one another in a fever-pitched competition to “possess” her soul.  A meditation on the impossibility of ever fully knowing the object of one’s desire, this deliciously witty piece plumbs psychological depths, where memory is as slippery and unreliable as present reality.

“If one seeks to identify an overriding ‘theme’ that links most if not all of Harold Pinter’s plays, it is probably the uncertainty of memory,” noted Weiss in his director’s notes.  “‘Old Times’ takes place in that liminal region between what may or may not have happened 20 years ago and what may or may not be happening in the present moment.  In an attempt to honor the playwright’s claims about the independence of his own characters, the cast and I do not actively seek in rehearsal to arrive at any certainty whatsoever about past or present reality as we developed our particular response to the piece.  All I am willing to assert about the play is what Pinter himself did, ‘I’ll tell you one thing about ‘Old Times,’” he said.  “It happens.  It all happens.’”

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