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Wake Forest University Theater Presents
The Caretaker by Harold Pinter
Directed by Harold C. Tedford
Scenic Design: Darwin R. Payne
Costume Design: Lisa Weller
Lighting Design: Jonathan Christman
Stage Manager: Eddie Childress

CAST:
MICK, a man in his late twenties ................... Dave Johnson
ASTON, a man in his early thirties ..................Michael Huie
DAVIES, an old man .................................... James Dodding

The action of the play takes place in a house in west London.
Act I Scene 1: A night in winter
Scene 2: The following morning
Intermission
Act II Scene 1: Later that night
Scene 2: The following morning
Act II Scene 1: Afternoon. Two weeks later
Scene 2: That night
Scene 3: Later

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Director's Notes:
The Caretaker is the play that placed Harold Pinter in the forefront of modern English dramatists. His earlier play, The Birthday Party, had received faint praise, even scorn from most of the London theatre critics. When The Caretaker opened in London in April 1960, it was a different story. The Daily Herald records that on opening night the play’s remarkable cast of Donald Pleasance, Alan Bates and Peter Woodthorpe and the author were greeted with “Tumultuous cheers. Twelve curtain calls.” With the appearance of The Caretaker the word “Pinteresque” began to appear in the language of drama critics. This term has come to mean a play or scene that includes lengthy pauses, enigmatic statements and evasive (rather than direct) dialogue. While Pinter readily admits that his plays stem from his experiences, real events and people he has known, audiences usually sense that the naturalistic context of the play breaks down rapidly as the action (or inaction) progresses. The result is a threatening, surreal world. The theatre critic Irving Wardle coined the term the “Comedy of Menace” to describe Pinter’s plays. While there is much that is funny in Pinter’s plays there is also a disturbing enigmatic quality that troubles some people. This, however, is what makes his work unique. Critics have attacked his work with critical chisels and have left piles of shards that are interesting to sort through. Few of them, however, fully agree on what his plays “mean”. Tonight’s play, for example, has been variously pronounced to be about The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost (the Biblical interpretation) , about the rejection of a father by his sons (the Freudian interpretation) and on and on. We have not attempted to set any interpretation on the play. We are letting the play speak for itself. Take from it what you wish. When Pinter was asked what his plays mean he stated: “I can sum up none of my plays. I can describe none of them, except to say: That is what happened. That is what they said. That is what they did.” 


The Caretaker by Harold Pinter
January 22-24, 1998
The Ring Theatre Scales Fine Arts Center
Production Staff
Production Manager.......................................... J. E. R. Friedenberg
Technical Director ............................................... Douglas W. Brown
Costume Shop Supervisor ............................................... Lisa Weller
Audience Service Coodinator ...................................... Shanda Smith
Assistant Scenic Designer .......................................... Jimmy Hilburn
Assistant Stage Manager ................................................ Katie Venit
Sound Engineer ............................................................. Jim Frazier
Light Operator ...................................................... Heather McClain
Sound Operator.......................................................... Kirsten Nantz
Photography ................................................................... Bill Ray III
Publicity ................................................................. Meghan Higgins, Bo Perry, Kourtney Vahle
Front of House staff .......................... Sarah Brewer, Elizabeth Cheek Kristen Eppley, Kristine Goldhawk Jennifer S. Harrison, Leah Hohman David Kerns, Cammie Wilson

Special Thanks
Sharon Andrews
Marie Bagby
Stephen Berwind
Michael Kamtman
Piedmont Natural Gas Company 


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