a man emerging from a bathtub laughing

Joey Hood in HPT's production of The Collection.

Hyde Park Theatre


The Collection

written by
Harold Pinter

directed by
Ken Webster

September 10 - October 10, 2009

Reservations 479-PLAY or purchase tickets online

Harold Pinter's darkly-comic jewel of a play, The Collection, is a rave magnet:

"Pinter's works are incredibly subtle and wickedly comic. . . . Webster's production trusts The Collection to be funny, dramatic, and engaging. The action is very relaxed, effortless even in its precision. . . . delightfully maddening . . . The Hyde Park Theatre cast makes it look easy in this engaging, comedic production."
The Austin Chronicle

"Webster has impeccable taste when it comes to selecting plays. . . . [Joey Hood's] most shining moment to date as a slums-to-manor bad boy, toying with those around him in a slow cat-dangles-mouse ritual."
The Austinist

"What you get with a trip to see The Collection is the combination of one of Austin's best directors, with some of the top acting talent the capital city has to offer."
Austin Theater Examiner

And check out the KUT Arts Eclectic audio piece on the show.

The Collection sizzles with sexual tension as three men and one woman fall into shifting, overlapping triangles of desire and menace. One of Harold Pinter's funniest and most erotically charged works, The Collection was called “one of the best plays of the twentieth century” by Laurence Olivier.

The Collection features an all-star cast of local actors: HPT company members Joey Hood (Killer Joe, Bombs in Your Mouth), Kelsey Kling (The Glory of Living, Blue Surge), and Ken Webster (House, Thom Pain), as well as Ian Manners (Richard III, Inherit the Wind), making his HPT debut. The production is directed by HPT Artistic Director Ken Webster (ACOT Best Director for The Pillowman and Dog Sees God, Critics' Table Best Director for Marion Bridge and Something Someone Someplace Else).

The Collection runs at 8:00 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, September 10 - October 10, 2009. Tickets are $18 ($16 for students, seniors, and ACOT members) on Fridays and Saturdays. Thursdays are pay-what-you-can. Purchase tickets online at Hyde Park Theatre on BuyPlayTix or call 479-PLAY for reservations.

Hyde Park Theatre is located at 511 W. 43rd Street. Covered off-street parking for the patrons of HPT is available in the lot at 4315 Guadalupe Street, just north of The Parlor. You can drive through The Parlor's parking lot to reach it. Evening HPT parking also available at Kenneth's Hair Salon, just south of HPT, and at the Hyde Park Church of Christ on the northeast corner of 43rd & Avenue B. We are grateful to them all for their generosity.

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