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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)September 4, 2003

(Mahwah) -Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, developed by the Actors Studio and directed by Academy-Award-winning actress and director Estelle Parsons, will be staged at Ramapo College of New Jersey Friday, October 3 at 8 p.m. in the Sharp Theater. The production comes to Ramapo following a run at New York City’s Actors Studio.

One of the defining productions concerning triangular relationships,” Betrayal dramatizes in reverse time a wife’s seven-year affair with her husband’s best friend. Featuring Broadway and screen actors Lisa Eichhorn, Beau Gravitte and Kevin Stapleton, the play begins with a meeting long after the liaison is over and ends with the pass at a party that started it all.

Founded in 1947, the Actors Studio quickly became one of the preeminent institutions to emerge in the field of theater arts. Under the direction of Lee Strasberg, actors such as Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft, Jack Nicholson and a host of others emerged as the leading performers of their day. Today, under the artistic direction of Estelle Parsons, the Actors Studio continues the traditions set by Strasberg in developing quality works and training actors in their craft.

  • Lisa Eichhorn, a member of the Actors Studio since 1987, is best known for performances on Broadway in The Speed of Darkness and Any Given Day; in films, including Yanks, for which she received two Golden Globe nominations, and The Talented Mr. Ripley; and on television in Law and Order, Judging Amy and The Practice.
  • Beau Gravitte, a member of the Actors Studio since 1988, is known for his Broadway part in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; on television in Third Watch, Cybil and Caroline in the City, as well as in daytime drama in As the World Turns and One Life to Live.
  • Kevin Stapelton has been a member of the Actors Studio since 1991. The actor is known for his Broadway role in Salome: The Reading with Al Pacino and Labor Pains; on television in Becker, Sex & the City and Melrose Place and on the daytime drama, One Life to Live.
  • Estelle Parsons‘ directorial and acting accomplishments in films include Bonnie and Clyde, for which she received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, Rachel, Rachel (Academy Award nomination), For Pete’s Sake and Dick Tracy. Her Broadway credits include And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little and Tony nominations for Tennessee Williams’ The Seven Descents of Myrtle and for Mornings at Seven. Parsons is also known for her television role in Roseanne. Recently, Parsons directed the 2003 Broadway production of Oscar Wilde’s Salome: The Reading with Al Pacino.

Following the performance, Parsons and the three-member cast will be available to answer questions. Tickets for Betrayal are $21 for adults, $18 for seniors and $12 for students. The Sharp Theater is located in the Berrie Center. For more information call (201) 684-7844.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education.

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