Pinter, Harold (English playwright, director, novelist, poet, anthologist, screen playwright, Nobel Prize Winner in Literature 2005, b. Hackney, London, England, October 10, 1930-____),
“Silence,” a __-minute drama in English, set outside time and space,
© 1968 by Harold Pinter;
• in Harold Pinter’s Landscape; and, Silence, Methuen’s Modern Plays (London: Methuen & Company, Ltd. [since, Routledge, Chapman & Hall], 1969), ISBN 0416151000 (New York: Grove Press, 1970), LC 79-101386, containing “Landscape,” a __-minute drama, 1m1f;
• also, in Harold Pinter’s Tea Party and The Basement, acting edition, ISBN 0-8222-1115-7;
• also, in Harold Pinter’s Complete Works: Three: The Homecoming, Tea Party, the Basement, Landscape, Silence, Revue Sketches, 1st Evergreen edition (New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1990), ISBN 0802150969 (v. 1), ISBN 0802132375 (v. 2), ISBN 0802150497 (v. 3), ISBN 0802150500 (v. 4), LCCN 90013933;
• script/rights available from Samuel French, Inc., 45 West 45th Street, New York, New York 10010-2751, U.S.A., telephone 212-206-8990, fax 212-206-1429, http://www.samuelfrench.com; Samuel French, Inc. 7623 Sunset Boulevard, Dept. W, Hollywood, California 90046-2785, U.S.A., telephone 213-876-0570; fax 323-876-6822; Samuel French, Inc. 11963 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, California 91604, U.S.A., telephone 818-762-0535, Samuel French (Canada) Ltd. 100 Lombard Street, Dept. W, Toronto, Ontario M5C 1M3, Canada, telephone 416-363-3536, fax 416 363-1108; Samuel French, Ltd. 52 Fitzroy Street-Dept. W, London W1P 6JR, England, telephone (44207) 387-9373, fax (44207) 387-2161, http://www.samuelfrench-london.co.uk/sf/Pages/acted/sfactingeds.html, SF 14031.
Rumsey (m), __, a farmer; Bates (m), __, a farm-hand; Ellen (f), __, the woman in their lives.
“The age of the three characters in Silence—a woman and two men—varies from youth to the very end—and perhaps, when the shadows cease, beyond the end—of life, . . . they live again the chosen events of their interconnected past. One of them, a farmer, is richer than the other two; he might perhaps have married the woman when she was young, but he did not. The second man is a farm-hand; he had tried to persuade the girl to go away with him, and she had refused, neither of them knowing of any reason for such a refusal that they could put into words. Neither man understands how he has missed happiness; the farmer, as he contemplates his life, is puzzled, perplexed, protesting. The farm-hand feels more strongly: he is angry and resentful at what life has done to him, and he does not understand why. Of the three it is the girl who had the greatest capacity for joy. In her youth a radiance intermittently shines about her; and consequently the inexplicable hostility of life wounds her even more grievously than it does the other two.”—Harold Hobson, The Sunday Times, July 6, 1969, www.haroldpinter.org - Plays, http://www.haroldpinter.org/plays/plays_silence.shtml, accessed September 1, 2001.
• Premiered on stage by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, July s, 1969.
• Production at Lincoln Center, New York City, presented as a triple bill “Silence” then “Landscape” then again “Silence.”
• Not to be confused with Ingmar Bergman’s (1918-____) "The Silence," in A Film Trilogy: Through Glass Darkly. The Communicants (Winter Light) The Silence, translated from the Swedish by Paul Britten Austin (London, Calder & Boyars, 1967), LC 68-96650 r82, originally published as En filmtrilogi (Stockholm: P. A. Norstedt and Soners Forlag, 1963), (New York: Orion Press, 1967), LC 67-21231 r942, Le silence ([Paris] Seuil, 1972), LC 72-327151
• Also, not to be confused with Robert St. Clair’s Silence, a drama in English, in three acts (Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.: The Northwestern Press, 1934), LC 38-20369
• Also, not to be confused with Nathalie Sarraute’s Silence; and, The Lie; translated by Maria Jolas (London: Calder & Boyars, 1969), ISBN 0714506265
• Also, not to be confused with Michael Mantler’s Silence; an adaptation of the play. [Sound recording] (Watt WATT 4. p1977), LC 78-760739.
• Research should include Harold Pinter - Bio-bibliography, http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2005/pinter-bibl.html, accessed August 2, 2006.
• Photograph of Harold Pinter from http://www.dieneueepoche.com/articles/2005/10/13/5687.html, accessed August 2, 2006.
despair, love, memory, missed chance, rebellion.