GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS to Run 3/16-30 at Segal Centre
The Segal Centre will present a limited engagement of David Mamet's powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Glengarry Glen Ross, directed by Segal Centre Artistic Producer Paul Flicker, from March 16th - 30th, 2014.
Lies, bribery, manipulation. A group of real estate agents are prepared to do just about anything to stay at the top of their game in David Mamet's masterpiece of American drama.
Drawing on playwright David Mamet's own experience working in a real estate office in his native Chicago in the 1960s, Glengarry Glen Ross chronicles two days in the life of four desperate salesmen trying to make a living by pushing plots of undesirable land to unwitting prospective buyers. When a high-stakes contest pits the men against each other, just how far will they go to close the deal? Mamet's brilliant dark comedy is packed with memorable lines and scintillating rapid-fire dialogue that will have audiences at the edge of their seats.
Artistic Producer of the Segal Centre, Paul Flicker, makes his directorial debut with this contemporary classic:
"I am delighted to make my first steps as a director with David Mamet's incredible text. Glengarry Glen Ross was written at the height of Mamet's dramatic and literary power and remains as completely mesmerizing and relevant as when it was first performed in 1983."
A scorching examination of Reagan-Era capitalism and an unflinching look at the American dream, Glengarry Glen Ross was awarded the 1984 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. The hit-play was turned to the 1992 cult film, with Mamet's own script, starring Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin and Alan Arkin.
"Mamet is best-known for a distinctive writing style and explosive, and often vulgar, dialogue, commonly referred to as "Mametspeak." A candid and powerful voice, Mamet challenges his audiences with spare and gritty works that explore the key cultural and political issues of our time," adds Flicker.
Montreal theatre-goers will have the rare opportunity to see a significant work by one of America's foremost living playwrights brought to life by a dazzling collection of actors. Leading Canadian film, television and stage actor R.H. Thomson (Harvey, Same Time, Next Year) returns to the Segal stage as aging salesman Shelley "The Machine" Levene. He is joined by Brett Watson as smooth-talking Ricky Roma, Daniel Lillford as big-mouthed Dave Moss, Michel Perron as the hapless George Aronow, Graham Cuthbertson as the office manager, John Williamson, Mike Paterson as James Lingk and Tristan D. Lalla as detective Baylen.
A seasoned design team comprised of Michael Eagan (Set & Costume Design), Luc Prairie (Lighting Design) and Dmitri Marine (Sound Design) recreate the gritty realism of 1980s Chicago on the Segal stage.
This production has a strong language warning.
David Mamet is the author of the plays Race, Keep Your Pantheon, School, November, Romance, Boston Marriage, Faustus, Oleanna, Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo, The Old Neighborhood, A Life in the Theatre, Speed-the Plow, Edmond, Lakeboat, The Water Engine, The Woods, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Reunion and The Cryptogram (1995 Obie Award). His translations and adaptations include: Faustus and Red River by Pierre Laville; and The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekov. His films include: The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Verdict, The Untouchables, House of Games (writer/director), Oleanna (writer/director), Homicide (writer/director), The Spanish Prisoner (writer/director), Heist (writer/director), Spartan (writer/director) and Redbelt (writer/director). Mr. Mamet is also the author of Warm and Cold, a book for children with drawings by Donald Sultan, and two other children's books, Passover and The Duck and the Goat; Writing in Restaurants, Some Freaks, and Make-Believe Town, three volumes of essays; The Hero Pony and The China Man, a book of poems; Three Children's Plays, On Directing Film, The Cabin, and the novels The Village, The Old Religion and Wilson. His most recent books include the acting books True & False and Three Uses of the Knife. Glengarry Glen Ross was awarded the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play in 2005. (Biography courtesy of Samuel French Inc.)