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Join us for special staged reading performances of THE HOTHOUSE - part of "Politics of the Absurd", a new series featuring classic absurdist comedies that reflect on the absurdity and peril of our current political environment.

In a government run asylum led by Roote, a childish and delusional tyrant, the staff is faced with a perplexing problem - one of the patients has been murdered and another is pregnant, but no one seems to know anything about it. As the inept and sometimes sinister bureaucrats search for the perpetrator, their discoveries have unexpected consequences. What happens to humanity and decency when we put a madman in charge of our fate?

Harold Pinter was a Nobel-Prize winning playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor whose career spanned more than 50 years. Originally written in 1958, Pinter shelved THE HOTHOUSE for almost 20 years. In 1980, he decided it was too politically relevant to ignore and directed the first production himself in London. The play is a searing comic indictment of unchecked state power, casual inhumanity, and the spurious decisions leaders make in the name of a better society.   

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Baruch Performing Arts Center

55 Lexington Avenue (enter on 25th Street between 3rd & Lexington Aves)

HAROLD PINTER (Playwright) Harold Pinter was born in London in 1930. He wrote twenty-nine plays including The Birthday Party, The Dumb Waiter, A Slight Ache, The Hothouse, The Caretaker, The Collection, The Lover, The Homecoming, Old Times, No Man’s Land, Betrayal, A Kind of Alaska, One For The Road, The New World Order, Moonlight and Ashes to Ashes. He directed twenty-seven theatre productions, including James Joyce's Exiles, David Mamet's Oleanna, seven plays by Simon Gray, and many of his own plays. He wrote twenty-one screenplays including The Pumpkin Eater, The Servant, The Go-Between, The French Lieutenant's Woman and Sleuth. In 2005 he received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Other awards include 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. Harold Pinter was awarded eighteen honorary degrees.

KGM THEATRICALDANIEL KUNEY (General Manager) Credits include: Puffs (Off-Broadway), Rock of Ages (Broadway), Fela! (Broadway, Tours), Reasons to Be Pretty (Broadway), The 39 Steps (Broadway), The Homecoming (Broadway), Talk Radio (Broadway), Heathers (Off-Broadway), Altar Boyz (Off-Broadway), Dog Sees God (Off-Broadway), My Name is Rachel Corrie (Off-Broadway), In Masks Outrageous and Austere (Off-Broadway).

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