Dunes Summer Theatre opens season with 'Betrayal'

The first table-reading of the Dunes Summer Theatre production of "Betrayal."

MICHIANA SHORES — It's a play about deception, forgiveness and, yes, "betrayal."

Dunes Summer Theatre announces its first play of the 2019 season, "Betrayal," a drama by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Harold Pinter. It opens April 26 and runs for two weekends, ending May 5.

With poetic precision, rich humor and an extraordinary emotional force, "Betrayal" charts a compelling seven-year romantic love triangle, theatre officials said.

Set in England in 1977, the play opens with former lovers, Emma (Maria Stephens, Chicago) and Jerry (Blake Holen, Chicago), meeting two years after their adulterous affair has ended. The play continues to move back in time, with the production ending where the affair began — in the house of Emma and her husband, Robert (Jeffrey Baumgartner, Michigan City), who happens to be Jerry's best friend. Esteban Vargas (Michigan City) also appears in the play as The Waiter. This classic dramatic scenario of a love triangle explores themes of marital infidelity, duplicity, self-deception and forgiveness. The play is described as “the greatest, and the most moving of all Pinter’s plays.” "Betrayal" won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1979.

While written several decades ago, the story’s timeless theme explores the age-old dynamics of a romantic love triangle, with a slight twist, theatre officials said. The play is directed by Dunes Summer Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director Jeffrey Baumgartner.

Performances are Fridays/Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. General Admission is $20; Seniors and Students $18.

Season Tickets and individual show tickets are now on sale. For more information, visit www.dunesartsfoundation.org or call the Box/Admin Office at 219-879-7509.

Dunes Summer Theatre is operated by the Dunes Arts Foundation a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization. Founded in 1951, it is currently celebrating its 68th season of continuous operation. This “gem in the woods” provides quality professional theatre and education programs in an enchanting setting.

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