Denver’s Germinal Stage will present two early classic one-act plays by Harold Pinter. “The Collection” and “The Room” will run January 4 through February 2 at the John Hand Theater on the Colorado Free University Lowry Campus.

“The Collection”

Directed by Ed Baierlein

Stella makes a confession to her husband James that she’d been unfaithful to him with Bill…but was Stella telling James the truth?

“The Room”

Directed by Stephen R. Kramer

“…a fine choice for those who seek seasonal chills without overt gore.” – Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune

The cast includes Libby Arnold, Clint Heyn, Andrew Horsford, Stephen R. Kramer, Michelle Moore, Marc Moran and Gary Webster.

Harold Pinter made his playwriting debut in 1957 with “The Room.” One of the most influential modern British dramatists, his writing career spanned more than 50 years. His plays are noted for their use of understatement, small talk, reticence — and even silence — to convey the substance of a character’s thought, which often lies several layers beneath, and contradicts, his speech. That he occupies a position as a modern classic is illustrated by his name entering the language as an adjective used to describe a particular atmosphere and environment in drama: “Pinteresque.” In 2005 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Ed Baierlein, wife Sallie Diamond and Ginger Valone opened the original Germinal Stage-Denver at 1820 Market St. on Nov. 7, 1974. The company operated for 25 years at 44th and Alcott St. and, after four years of producing in Westminster, Germinal Stage is delighted to have found its new home in Lowry.

In its 44 seasons, Germinal Stage has presented 260 plays for over 4300 performances to over 283,000 audience members.  Over the company’s history they have presented plays by Harold Pinter 14 times and plays by George Bernard Shaw 21 times.

Harold Pinter’s “The Collection” and “The Room”

Classic one-acts by the Nobel Laureate!

Jan.  4 – Feb. 2

Fri./Sat. at 7:30 p.m. ; Sun. at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets $17 – $25

303-455-7108 or email

John Hand Theater is located at 7653 East 1st Place, Denver, Colorado 80230