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The Lover by Harold Pinter at Lincoln Theater
...excellent play, don't miss it... I can assure you, it is a total enjoyment!! —Maricela Soria What a fantastic play I saw last night! THE LOVER is a mind-bending expose on how couples can play naughty little games – smokin' hot! Superb acting by the two lead players. It really makes you wonder who is cheating on who as they mess with each other and what a tangle it is! Who's fantasy is who's? The stage is grand with a swanky set up – beautifully directed and I can't stop thinking about it! Well done Valley Players! —Cata Parkhurst ... loved it, loved it! The acting was sublime, the directing and staging superb. We felt like we were in the living room of this naughty and playful couple. There we're…
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The Lover — Our first production!

The Lover — Our first production!

The Lover by Harold Pinter at Lincoln Theater
The Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater and Valley Players present Harold Pinter’s The Lover for three performances only on January 3, 4 and 5 at 7pm at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville. The Lover is a quirky, tense, intriguing play by Harold Pinter that examines the private intricacies of modern marriage. To all outward appearances, Sarah and Richard are a respectable, conventional suburban couple. Behind closed doors, however, the couple enjoys a surprising and intriguing arrangement… Like any of Pinter’s works, this one-act contains the laughs, tears, and tensions that arise from the social intricacies of modern life. Directed by Debbie Baumann and featuring June Alane Reif, Richard Pallaziol and Walter Hamlin, The Lover will be presented in a minimalistic, intimate…
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The Crew

The Crew

The Lover by Harold Pinter at Lincoln Theater
What is a job that when done right no one notices, but the moment its done wrong all eyes are on you? The answer is Stage Technician. That includes anyone who works behind the scenes during a theatrical production. These people are often both overlooked an underappreciated! With that in mind, we whole-heartedly wish to thank our crew for The Lover by Harold Pinter. Debbie Baumann (Director) has returned to her love of the theater. Having taking some time off, she has learned a few new techniques and lessons. She hopes you will enjoy her direction of her first play with the talented Valley Players.  This new troupe has worked very hard to bring their play to life.  Special thanks as always to her ever so knowledgeable and talented daughter…
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The Cast

The Cast

The Lover by Harold Pinter at Lincoln Theater
Walter Hamlin (John, the milkman) Walter Hamlin has been acting since childhood and spent most of his time in Los Angeles and Ventura County theatres. He's been in Napa for 7 years and has been excited to be a part of the Napa Thespian scene. He works in the wine business and enjoys traveling, catching waves and swinging a golf club. Richard Pallaziol (Richard) studied theatre at CSU Long Beach and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Locally, he has performed at Napa Valley Conservatory Theatre (People's Temple, Lydia, Eurydice), Cinnabar Theatre (Quality of Life, The Creature), Marin Shakespeare (Othello), Shakespeare Napa Valley (Much Ado About Nothing, How Shakespeare Won the West, As You Like It), Solano College (Peter Pan, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo & Juliet), and for…
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Why The Lover?

Why The Lover?

The Lover by Harold Pinter at Lincoln Theater
When the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater gave us dates to choose from for a production, the first available were during the first week of January. There are very few theater companies that plan to put up a show that week. The logistics of it are simply a nightmare. Most people are away (and can’t rehearse) during Christmas and New Year’s. People, in general are distracted by the holidays and don’t always pay a lot of attention to what’s coming up after the first of the year. Our first thought was, quite simply, no. We did not, however, wish to pass up the opportunity. We thought our best bet was to find a small cast, one-act play with minimal set requirements.   As it happened, June Alane…
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About Harold Pinter

About Harold Pinter

The Lover by Harold Pinter at Lincoln Theater
Born in London in 1930, Harold Pinter was one of the most influential, provocative and poetic dramatists of his generation. Inspired in part by Samuel Beckett, he created his own distinctive style, marked by terse dialogue and meaningful pauses. His plays are particularly famous for their use of understatement to convey characters' thoughts and feelings. In 2005, Pinter was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The eccentric behavior and dialogue in Pinter's plays are frequently very funny, and audiences laugh hard and long, yet there is an underlying feeling of danger in his plays, and critics frequently describe them as "comedies of menace." We, the audience, have the same need for verification that the characters have, and Pinter artfully makes us experience their uneasiness. His plays are funny, but agitating.
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The Lover — Featured Artist

The Lover — Featured Artist

The Lover by Harold Pinter at Lincoln Theater
[caption id="attachment_136" align="alignright" width="300"] "Ganymede Moon" by Debbie Ames[/caption] The beautiful photography you will see adorning Richard and Sarah’s home in our production of The Lover is the work of a creative local artist, Debbie Ames. You can see more of her work at http://www.debbieamesphotography.com/ and at the establishments listed below: Chimney Rock Winery 5350 Silverado Trail Napa, CA 94558 [caption id="attachment_135" align="alignleft" width="200"] "Iguazu" by Debbie Ames[/caption] Artist of the Valley Gallery (Art Gallery Napa Valley) 1307 First Street, Napa Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. "The photographs of NVOS artist Debbie Ames are filled with her exuberant love of all that she sees. Approaching her work with a love of world cultures, history, and nature, and with her positive outlook and ebullient personality, Debbie seeks to…
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