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by Harold Pinter

Apr 22 - May 8, 2016
      Thu, Fri, Sat: $15
      Sun matinee: $13     

Directed by Patrick McCray


Harold Pinter won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005. He wrote 29 plays and 21 screenplays during his long and illustrious career.

Actors often have to face the challenge of growing older on stage, but Betrayal they have an even more difficult task: they must grow younger as the play progresses. Pinter's play tracks the course of an affair, but it does so backwards: it opens with a meeting between the two lovers some years after the affair ended; it finishes with the first erotically charged encounter between the two, nine years earlier. The performers chart the stages in the affair, discarding the layers of guilt, to become their younger, fresher selves.

The classic dramatic scenario of the love triangle is manifest in a meditation on the themes of marital infidelity, duplicity, and self-deception. Pinter writes a world that simultaneously glorifies and debases love.

Betrayal has been a critical and popular success on both sides of the Atlantic, winning the Drama Critics Circle Award in New York as best foreign play and the West End Award in London as best play of the season.

"…marvelous scenes, packed with suppressed tension, torn loyalties and confused, unspoken feelings…"
NY Times

"BETRAYAL is an exquisite play, brilliantly simple in form and courageous in its search for a poetry that turns banality into melancholy beauty."

"…a powerful expression of the chasm between recollection and reality, of the gaps between people who need to be intimate with each other."
Village Voice

CONTENT ADVISORY: Betrayal contains mature language and themes that are not suitable for children.


  • Emma: Tiffany Tallent
  • Jerry: Josh Bigwood
  • Robert: Joe Jaynes
  • Waiter: Matthew Webb

Next Up ...

Leading Ladies
by Ken Ludwig
Jun 3-19, 2016

Directed by Courtney Woolard

In this hilarious comedy by the author of Lend Me A Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania.

When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady's vivacious niece, Meg.


  • Meg Snider: Rebecca Gomez
  • Duncan Woolley: Gary Mullins
  • Doc Myers: Red Paint Spilman
  • Leo Clark: Dave Snow
  • Jack Gable: Greg Knox
  • Audrey: Callie Bacon
  • Butch Myers: Keegan Tucker
  • Florence Snider: Pook Pfaffe

"Ludwig's newest farce is so funny, it will make sophisticated and reasonable men and women of the 21st century cackle till their faces hurt."
- Houston Press

"Leading Ladies is consistently funny-indeed, increasingly hilarious as it progresses."
- Houston Chronicle

"Look for Leading Ladies to become a staple of summer stock and community theatres. And, mind you, I mean that as a compliment."
- Variety


Our 41st Season opens July 29, 2016 ...

All the details on next season's line up of wonderful shows may be found here.


Director Applications Now Being Accepted

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Patron Testimonial

"We absolutely LOVED the show ... it was a delight, perfectly cast, costumed so well that additional sets were not needed, could have been an off Broadway production right here in K-ville. When I was in NYC in Dec., I saw 3 off Broadway shows which made me appreciate TKD even more ... including the venue! When I tell people that TKD is as good as NYC, I know what I am talking about!"
- L. Denton, Knoxville

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