Betrayal Essay

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The American university in Cairo Performing and Visual Arts opened its 1998 Spring Season
on February 13th in Wallace Theater on campus with Harold Pinter's play, Betrayal. This
play was directed by Eric Grischkat, and the costume design was made by Timaree Mc
Cormick. AUC students have strongly participated in the designing, lighting, setting,
directing, and in acting. These students were Noha Farouk, Shereef Bishay, Karim Bishay,
Ramsi Lehner, and Alaa Shalaby.

Betrayal is play that tell the story of two very close friends, Robert, and Jerry. Both of
them were married and had children. Both families loved, and respected each other.
However, this did not last long because betrayals took place. This play includes eight
betrayals; therefore, one can obviously see how well fit the title is to the main theme of
the play . In the first place, Emma resorted to betraying her husband because she did not
find true love with him so she thought she could find it with Jerry . However, she failed
this time too and so she tried Casey. Robert was not the right person for Emma as he was
so cold. There is nothing that moves him even when he knew that Emma was betraying him ,
he was only concerned with whether Ned was his son or not. This is not the normal action
of any husband who have just found out that his wife has been betraying him with his best
friend for five whole years !

Pinter has written this play in an unusual way . Its actions move from the latter to the
former;( i.e. the play began in the year 1977 and ended in 1968 ). Pinter said that the
most effective way to handle this play was by moving backwards. I agree with him because
if it moved normally from the oldest to the latest it would not have been that interesting

Eric Grischkat keeps the energy and the actors moving, remembering that the main idea is
the dishonesty and betrayal of friends who are humans, not only ideas. He left enough room
for the audiences to use their imagination by following the too many pauses and silence
that are found in the script. The production of the play was successful in that it was
far better than reading it . Eric managed to choose the right crew to work with, the
actors , the designer of the sets, scene, costumes, lights, sound, and projections . They
all worked together to present this good performance. The Wallace Theater is a proscenium
theater with low ceiling and small stage which is an obstacle to the director but he
managed to solve this problem with the help of the set designer. The action was clear and
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