Tim Roth is having a Party, and you’re invited! The Oscar nominee will play pianist (and birthday boy) Stanley Webber in the new revival of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, CA. Directed by William Friedkin (The Exorcist), performances begin February 4, 2014, with an official opening night set for February 12. The Birthday Party is slated to play a limited engagement through March 16.
In addition to Roth, The Birthday Party will feature Olivier nominee Frances Barber (Camille, Julius Caesar) as Meg, as well as Steven Berkoff (Rambo) as Goldberg and Nick Ullett (As the World Turns) as Petey. Additional casting will be announced shortly.
Pinter’s 1957 play tells the story of Stanley (Roth), a piano player in his thirties who lives in a small seaside town in England in a rundown boarding house, operated by Meg (Barber) and Petey (Ullett) Boles. On Stanley’s birthday, Meg plans a party at the boarding house, but when two mysterious strangers arrive, the get-together turns into a nightmare.
Roth’s many film and TV credits include Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Planet of the Apes, Lie to Me, The Liability, The Incredible Hulk, The Last Sign, Battle of the Brave, Dark Water and Rob Roy, for which he garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.