Oct. 28: Julian Sands performs as Nobel poet Pinter

By Gail Siegel, WSU Performing Arts

julian-sandsPULLMAN, Wash. – British actor and “A Room with a View” film star Julian Sands will perform “A Celebration of Harold Pinter” live at Washington State University’s Jones Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.
In collaboration with late Nobel Prize-winning playwright and poet Pinter and director John Malkovich, Sands presents a rich, humorous and fascinating solo show about Pinter: poet, playwright, husband, political activist and Nobel winner. The production includes mature language.

Reserved seating costs $20 adults, $16 seniors (ages 60+) and $10 non-WSU students and youth. WSU student admission is free with valid ID. A discounted rate of $15 per person is available to groups of eight or more.

Julian Sands as Harold Pinter.

Tickets are on sale at TicketsWest outlets, including http://TicketsWest.com, by phone at 800-325-SEAT (7328) and in person at WSU’s Beasley Coliseum (open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday) and the Rosauers supermarket in Lewiston, Idaho. Advance tickets are subject to convenience charges except when purchased at the Beasley Coliseum ticket office. The Daggy Hall box office will open for ticket sales and will-call beginning two hours before the performance.

In 2005, when declining health prevented Pinter from performing a selection of his own poems at a benefit recital in London, he approached Sands to perform in his stead. Pinter spent hours instructing Sands on how his work should be delivered: every pause and every nuance in tone had, and has, meaning. Following Pinter’s death in 2008, Sands developed “A Celebration of Harold Pinter.”

Known for both romantic leading roles and edgier characters, Sands is seen worldwide in films, on stage and on television. He trained at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama and has appeared in more than 100 films, including “The Killing Fields,” “A Room with a View,” “Impromptu,” “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Arachnophobia,” “Oceans 13” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” On U.S. television, he is best known for his role as Vladimir Bierko on “24” but has also been seen on “Dexter,” “Smallville,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “Banshee” and “Gotham.”

Sands’ work in “A Celebration of Harold Pinter” has been praised since its debut at the Edinburgh Festival and in 2013 earned him a nomination for a prestigious Drama Desk Award.

“When he reads Pinter’s poems, as well as the odd prose piece, you feel the playwright’s presence. This modest, affecting show embodies the notion of the actor as a transparent vessel through which we see the thoughts and feelings of others,” said Ben Brantley in the New York Times.

“A Celebration of Harold Pinter” is presented by WSU Performing Arts (http://performingarts.wsu.edu/) with support from Residence Inn by Marriott Pullman. Parking performance will be available without permits or fees in the Daggy Hall parking garage and the Green 2 lot across the street from Daggy Hall.

Julian Sands speaks with public television news host Charlie Rose about “A Celebration of Harold Pinter” at http://vimeo.com/96634084.


Gail Siegel, WSU Performing Arts, 509-335-8522, gsiegel@wsu.edu