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Moonlight

Moonlight
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Harold Pinter
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 37
Pub. Date: 1995
ISBN-10: 0822214814
ISBN-13: 9780822214816
Cast Size: 2 female, 4 male, 1 girl

About the Play:

Moonlight has long been a favourite of acting teachers for Female Monologues and Male Monologues.

Moonlight is a full-length drama by Harold Pinter. Andy, an ailing, foul-mouthed patriarch, is desperate for reconciliation with his two estranged sons. Haunted by the ghostly presence of his dead daughter Bridget and the very real presence of his irascible wife Bel, the dying Andy muses on guilt, lost loves and parenthood, all the while knowing that the end is in sight.

Moonlight is the story of a once visceral father on his deathbed, looking over his life, his youth, loves, lusts and betrayals of his wife. Andy, a dying civil servant, is desperate for consolation from his family and spends his time railing against his long-suffering wife Bel. They remember their past, in particular their friendship with Maria, with whom they both had affairs. Alongside them, Andy's unemployed sons act out a series of fiercely high-powered mind-games, while daughter Bridget hovers over the action, subtly suggesting that she was the victim of some terrible childhood wrong. Harold Pinter's final full-length play is an elegiac meditation on family, grief and mortality, shot through with raucous wit.

Moonlight premiered in 1993 at the Almeida Theatre Off West End in London and transferred to the Comedy Theatre in the West End. Its US premiere was in 1995 at the Laura Pels Theatre off-Broadway in New York City.

Cast: 2 female, 4 male, 1 girl

What people say:

"Although little-known, Harold Pinter's Moonlight … is his quintessential play. Along with familiar themes of grief, guilt and infidelity, lies a preoccupation with power." — The Guardian (London)

"In Moonlight, Mr. Pinter is considering love and death in his own very oblique way, in language that resonates with familiar Pinter syntax, in a narrative whose ellipses have the effect of removing all action, all climaxes, virtually all movement." — The New York Times

"There is no playwright his equal. He is the natural descendant of James Joyce, by way of Samuel Beckett. Pinter works the language as a master pianist works the keyboard. This is classical playwriting, make no mistake about it." — New York Post

"A dark, elegiac play, studded with brutally and swaggeringly funny jokes." — The Sunday Times (London)

About the Playwright:

Harold Pinter (1930-2008) was an English playwright, screenwriter, actor, theatre director, poet, and Nobel laureate. He wrote 29 plays including The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, The Homecoming, and Betrayal, 15 dramatic sketches, 21 screenplays, as well as books of poetry and fiction, and directed 27 theatre productions. He continued to act under his own name, on stage and screen. His genius was recognized within his lifetime as a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005 (the highest honour available to any writer in the world), the Companion of Honour for services to Literature, the Legion D'Honneur, the European Theatre Prize, the Laurence Olivier Award and the Moliere D'Honneur for lifetime achievement. In 1999 he was made a Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature, in addition to 18 other honorary degrees.

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