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The Lover by Harold Pinter

…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 surprises galore. What a great premiere for this new company of seasoned actors and their talented director and crew. —Bonnie Gamble

Extraordinary performance from the cast. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend that you look out for future shows from this group of seasoned actors. —Robert Fisher

The Lover — Our first production!

The Lover — Our first production!

The Lover by Harold Pinter

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 style. It is recommended for adult audiences only.

Tickets are available online at http://lincolntheater.com/events/, by calling the box office on Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 3pm at 707-944-9900 or at the door on the days of performances beginning at 6pm.

The Lover is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

The Crew

The Crew

The Lover by Harold Pinter

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 Gargalikis BaumannDebbie 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 April for her unabridged comments and directions.

April VincakApril Vincak (Assistant Director) is eternally grateful to her mother for allowing her to learn the subtleties behind being a great director. The love of theatre is in her blood. Thanks mom!

Lu KenmonthLu Kenmonth (Stage Manager) is a 2nd grade teacher at Salvador Art Integration School. She works with K-5th grade students each year on musicals which go up every May. When she is not teaching kids, she volunteers for our local Napa theaters, ushering, stage managing, working lights, or being a sound technician back stage. Break a leg everyone!

Patricia Giusti QuinnPatricia Giusti Quinn (Assistant Stage Manager) has been involved in theatre since 1991. She has performed in many a play as well as stage-managed for troupes such as Dreamweavers, Riverfront Playhouse in Redding and St. John’s Lutheran Children productions and others. She is honored to be part of this awesome cast and crew.

The Cast

The Cast

The Lover by Harold Pinter

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 PallaziolRichard 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 the Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival (Macbeth, Richard III, The Tempest) where he also directed (Taming of The Shrew, Hamlet). Richard has been a professional stage fight choreographer for the past thirty-five years.

June Alane ReifJune Alane Reif (Sarah) is a veteran actor, director and former Board member of Napa Valley Playhouse (née Dreamweavers). She studied acting at Louisiana State University, in San Jose at the San Jose Repertory Theatre, in private classes with Ed Hooks and Barbara Titus and is also a graduate of Bay Area TheatreSports in San Francisco. Prior to her move to Napa, she worked with several community and semi-professional theater companies in the South Bay. Her credits also include a variety of voice-over roles, independent short films and television commercials. Some of her favorite theatrical roles include the various characters of Parallel Lives (The Kathy & Mo Show), Mac in Three Viewings, Elvira in Blithe Spirit and Bella in Lost in Yonkers.

Why The Lover?

Why The Lover?

The Lover by Harold Pinter

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 Reif had already been in discussions with Richard Pallaziol about performing together. The timing turned out to be perfect as he finished up other theatrical ventures in October – just in time to begin a new project. Neither actor having performed a Pinter piece before, The Lover seemed perfect as well. She brought the idea to the other members of Valley Players and it was decided to book the January dates with NVPAC.

 

Debbie Baumann eagerly agreed to direct and quickly called on April Vincak, Lu Kenmonth and Patte Quinn to round out her crew. When Walter Hamlin agreed to play the role of John, the milkman, we were set!

“A short piece of work means as much to me as a long piece of work.”  ~Harold Pinter
About Harold Pinter

About Harold Pinter

The Lover by Harold Pinter

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.

The Lover — Featured Artist

The Lover — Featured Artist

The Lover by Harold Pinter
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“Ganymede Moon” by Debbie Ames

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

“Iguazu” by Debbie Ames

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 inspire those who see her work to find beauty in the world all around them – sometimes in places easily overlooked – the pattern of an animal’s fur, the links of chain in a fence….”

~NVOS artist Cathryne Trachok