Asked to sub in at a charity event by an ailing Harold Pinter, the British actor Julian Sands not only helped out a friend for one occasion - after quite a few sessions spent with the playwright learning how his lines of prose and poetry should be delivered - but began a journey that takes him to Houston on Monday, October 27 for the John Malkovitch-directed A Celebration of Harold Pinter.
Photo courtesy of the Alley Theatre Julian Sands
Sands, whose movie work includes The Killing Fields, Oceans 13 and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, said he grew up studying the famous Nobel Prize winning playwright, screenwriter, director and actor and then "had the great privilege of working with him directly."
What's most important, Sands said, is that Pinter, who died in 2008 and won the Tony award for his play The Homecoming, "returned theater to its basic elements: a contained space, unpredictable dialogue and characters at the mercy of each other." Those three things in combination generate the most compelling and powerful theater and at the same time can be wonderfully expressive of the human condition, very funny and very entertaining."