Shimerman & Robinson Collaborate On New Play

By Caillan
September 14, 2001 - 11:14 AM

Former DS9 stars Armin Shimerman (Quark) and Andrew Robinson (Garak) are currently in rehearsals for a new production of the Harold Pinter play 'The Birthday Party.'

The production, which is being directed by Robinson, will open in Los Angeles in September, the actors announced at last weekend's 35th Anniversary convention in Las Vegas.

Shimerman told the audience that he would be playing the role of Goldberg, which he described as a "very complex character," according to a report by Jacqueline Bundy at the Trekker Newsletter.

Pinter's first full length play, 'The Birthday Party' is set in a seaside boarding house, owned by a childless couple. Only one man lives with them - Stanley, a young destitute pianist. Complications begin when Goldberg, a Jewish businessman, and his friend McCann, organise a birthday party for Stanley - but then force him to committ a murder.

Commenting on their Trek work, Robinson said that "Garak and Quark were the Machiavellian characters of Deep Space Nine." While Garak was "the real Machiavelli, Quark was the comic Machiavelli." The actor said that misses the character of Garak." He loved Garak "from the first audition" and "immediately found the character."

Both actors praised the professional attitude of the entire DS9 team, and Robinson commented that the actors were "exacting and proud of the work they did," acknowledging that this may have led to them gaining a "reputation for being difficult."

'The Birthday Party' is scheduled to open September 22 at the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles.

The original report, in which the actors also talked about their Trek novels, can be found here at the Trekker Newsletter.

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