The Perry Street Theatre Company presents the World Premiere
June 8-July 23
Written by Sallie Bingham, Directed by Martin Platt
He Betrayed his Country, his wife, his mistress, and his art …. or did he?
Ezra Pound was one of the most famous–and infamous–poets of his generation. He wrote operas. He translated works from Greek, Chinese and Japanese. He was instrumental in launching the careers of T.S. Eliot and James Joyce and counted among his friends Hemingway, Robert Frost, and Allen Ginsberg. He was also a womanizer, a racist, an absent father, and a traitor to his country.
Sallie Bingham’s compelling new play spans over twenty years of Pound’s life, exposing the man behind the genius through the eyes of the five women who loved him. Under Martin Platt’s direction, TREASON asks: did Ezra Pound betray his wife, mistress, girlfriend, daughter and his country – or in the end – only betray himself.
“Complex and richly ambitious…” – The New Yorker
“Superbly acted with an especially prize-worthy performance by Philip Pleasants” – The New York Times
“The Perry Street Theatre in Greenwich Village hosts its last play with the brilliant performance ofTreason. “Bingham’s Writing IsStellarAnd Platt’s Directing Is Intelligent” – broadwayworld.com
“The ensemble is strong, and Philip Pleasants, as Ezra Pound, is particularly engaging.” – Village Voice