David Mamet's Oleanna Looks at the Student-Teacher Power Struggle
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With the book Lean In making a splash in 2013, the topic of women and success is just as fresh and current as it was in the 1980s, when Caryl Churchill wrote Top Girls in response to Margaret Thatcher's ambitious rise to power in the UK. Called "the best British play ever from a woman dramatist" by The Guardian, Top Girls follows Marlene, a ruthlessly ambitious career woman, who has seized every opportunity to make it to the top. In the play's famous opening scene, she celebrates her big promotion at a surreal dinner party whose guests are famous women from history and myth. After this celebratory moment, Top Girls changes course to show the cost of Marlene's ambitions. When a young relative shows up unannounced at her workplace, Marlene must examine what the next generations of women will gain (or lose) from the choices she made in her rush to the top. Learn More
Directed by Stephen Drewes
Featuring Aaron Murphy and Frannie Morrison
David Mamet is a prolific writer of plays about the darker side of the American experience, where profound truths emerge from what at first seem the most mundane conversations. His best known work includes Duck Variations (1972), Sexual Perversity in Chicago (1975), American Buffalo (1975), Glengarry Glen Ross (1984), and Speed-the-Plow (1988). His play Race, about race and ethnicity, opened in New York in late 2009 and was the first new play to recoup its investment in the 2009-2010 Broadway season. Mamet also has made a name for himself as a Hollywood screenwriter. Among his films are House of Games, The Untouchables, Hoffa, and Wag the Dog, for which he was co-winner of the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay.