The Homecoming Story

The Homecoming is a play from 1964 written in two acts by Harold Pinter. The piece is probably one of Pinter’s most provocative works, speaking strictly in term of sexuality. The play encompasses human emotions and feelings of the most carnal nature, speaking of lust and seduction as well as betrayal, all in the same place.

Pinter’s Homecoming tells the tale of a brother returning home after a long period of absence, after he has been estranged from the rest of the family. This is a dysfunctional family which transforms even more after welcoming the brother home along with his very alluring wife. As the plot evolves, the wife of the man who has returned is integrated into the family more than her husband of their flesh and bone, provoking an even worse tear in their current relationship.

The story of The Homecoming is about Teddy, a man who has left North London for America for several years. After getting married and having three sons with his wife Ruth, the man decides to visit his family back home for the first time since leaving. Upon arrival, he is welcomed into the family along with the one he brought with him from over the ocean.

The Homecoming’s story evolves once the sexual tension between Teddy’s brothers and father and his wife develops. Everything takes a turn for the bad as the men of the family start behaving like in an Oedipal game, which makes Teddy return to the US with his sons, leaving Ruth behind to be 'one of the family'.

The play has been adapted for Broadway and the main guide for recreating the tension and betrayal of the piece fell into the hands of Proof Daniel Sullivan, a Tony Award winning director. The Homecoming on Broadway features the same story as Harold Pinter’s original, with only a few minor modifications.

 

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