Eastern Michigan University
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Written by Harold Pinter
Directed by Jennifer Graham

"There's a gentleman living here. He's got a birthday today, and he's forgotten all about it. So we're going to remind him." –Goldberg, Act I

Welcome to a seaside boarding house, your hostess is Meg, the mentally unstable wife of Petey. Meg decides there should be a birthday party for their odd and disheveled boarder, Stanley. Guests to the impromptu party include mysterious strangers Goldberg & McCann and neighbor Lulu. Things take a disturbing turn as party games become cruel taunts and twists in the dark. When a new day shines light on the remnants of the party, it is clear that things will never be the same at the little house by the sea.

The Birthday Party is an absurdist black comedy that teeters on the fine line between sanity and madness, between the mundane and mayhem. 

The Birthday Party will be performed in the Sponberg Theatre on February 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 at 7pm, and February 8 & 15 at 2pm. Recommended for ages 13+.