Written by Harold Pinter
Directed by Mitchell Polonsky ’19
Produced by Lyndon Henley Hanrahan ’19
“There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.” In Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter’s first play, The Room, reality itself becomes a fiction that is pondered, argued, and invented by characters removed from the outside world by the symbolic “room” that encloses them. Featuring perfectly pitched, absurdist dialogue interspersed with Pinter’s famous electric pauses, a cast of extraordinary, unreal characters, and an allegorical narrative of striking relevance to today’s America, The Room is a seminal work that sets the parameters for Pinter’s original theatrical genre, the Comedy of Menace. In 2017, this harrowing play provides fundamental insights into a political and social climate in which reality has become relative, and truth distorted.
The Room will be mounted in The Molotov Room of Adams House, or “Explosives B,” as it was known in the 70s, when it served as a premier space for experimental and site-specific work directed by Peter Sellars, among others. Explosives B is located in the basement of Adams D Entryway.
Run time: 1 hour without intermission.