Reston: Celebrating Pinter, Poetry Month
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Reston: Celebrating Pinter, Poetry Month

Reston’s CenterStage celebrates Harold Pinter and National Poetry Month with actor Julian Sands.

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Julian Sands

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Julian Sands in “A Celebration of Harold Pinter, Directed by John Malkovich” at Reston Community Center CenterStage, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. Performance April 2, 2016 at 8 p.m.

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Be smitten by the works of Nobel recipient Harold Pinter who wrote romantic verses to his wife such as this; "You are my life, And so I live."

Local audiences will come to know Pinter; his tender mercies and the stinging aches in a solo performance of “A Celebration of Harold Pinter, Directed by John Malkovich” at Reston’s CenterStage. The event recognizes Harold Pinter, “one of the greatest writers of the 20th century,” said Paul D. Michnewicz, arts and events director, Reston Community Center. The performance also marks the beginning of National Poetry Month.

British actor Julian Sands, known from films such as “The Killing Fields,” and “The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo” as well as regular television roles in “24” and “Dexter” will transform himself into Pinter based upon his meetings with the great writer. The performance will provide rare glimpses into Pinter’s deepest feelings not only through his writings, but personal anecdotes. The show was nominated for a 2013 New York Drama Desk Award.

For those less familiar with Pinter, he was an influential playwright known for often biting plays about life’s mysteries. His poetry has a much different bent as he wrote about the love of his life, his wife Lady Antonia Fraser. Pinter often wrote deeply emotional verse about what long-lasting love brought to his life.

Sands was personally trained by the late Pinter “on the meaning and tone of his very personal poetry. Then another great actor, John Malkovich, joined the fun by directing the theatrical production,” said Michnewicz. “This is a rare and fascinating collaboration of three great artists.”

In an interview, Sands noted that his solo show will be “a roller coaster full of many layers, yet very accessible about one man’s home life with his wife. One does not need to know Pinter or his writings to enjoy the show. It is about the capacity to express romantic love in an honest, vigorous, luxurious, breathtaking manner.” The performance will provide fresh insights to Pinter as the family man.

“It is absolutely not essential to know Harold Pinter before the performance; just be curious,” added Sands. “You will be rewarded to come to know such a gifted writer.”

In his later life, Pinter wrote these words to his wife and life’s partner, “You are alive in my heart and my head” and “My heart is all yours.” Life burns in Pinter’s verse.