Friends and Colleagues: Harold Pinter & Simon Gray

Class Detail

  • Moderated by Nike Doukas
  • monday
  • 12-4pm, June 25-August 27 (10 weeks)

  • Class Fee:
    $450 (Early Bird Discount $400, due by June 11)
  • Class Size:
    14-16

Harold Pinter and Simon Gray wrote very different kinds of plays: Pinter is terse and mysterious; Gray is verbose and more naturalistic – but they are both darkly comic and subversive. They were great friends and Pinter directed Gray’s perhaps most popular play, Butley. In this class, we’ll focus on the plays of Pinter (Betrayal, Lovers, The Birthday Party, The Homecoming, etc) but also take a look at some by Gray: Butley, Otherwise Engaged, Quartermaine’s Terms, and others. Both men are dazzling masters of language who demonstrate those skills with vastly different approaches. Prepare to be thrilled by the experience of interpreting their work.

Course Instructor

Nike Doukas

At ANTAEUS:  Cousin Bette, Tonight at 8:30, many ClassicsFests, The Liar, and The Wood Demon, plus countless readings.  She is well-known to both California and regional audiences, having performed at South Coast Rep, The Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater, , A.C.T, Berkeley Rep, A Contemporary Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Shakespeare Festival LA, among others. Her TV credits include Modern Family, NYPD Blue, Numbers, and recurring roles on Desperate Housewives and Almost Perfect.  She also teaches and privately coaches actors; she was the co-teacher of the Antaeus Academy for two years, and also teaches Shakespeare at The Art of Acting and A Noise Within. Additionally, she is an accent coach for television and theater, including Antaeus, A Noise Within, South Coast Repertory, The Pasadena Playhouse, LA Theatre Works, Boston Court, Rogue Machine and Sacred Fools.  She was the recipient of the 2011 Lunt Fontanne Fellowship, a national award to regional theatre actors.  MFA, The American Conservatory Theatre.