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ASOLO REPERTORY THEATRE

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Glengarry Glen Ross

January 11–February 28

Glengarry Glen Ross

By David Mamet Directed by Carl Forsman

Act I: 35 minutes; Act II: 45 minutes. One 15 minute intermission

David Mamet’s scalding comedy/drama tackles one of the most elusive topics in all of American literature: the pursuit of the American dream. A contemporary classic that became a celebrated film, this 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winner examines a group of cutthroat Chicago real estate agents who will do anything to close the deal. With a gift for natural dialogue and a realistic portrayal of these men’s struggles, Mamet creates “crackling tension...ferocious comedy and drama” (New York Times).

 Contains extreme profanity throughout.

 


The American Style: Exploring Mamet’s Language

“Mamet’s cuss-words in plays like Glengarry Glen Ross are not randomly deployed but are patterned and timed with quasi-musical precision.”
—Lyn Gardner, The Guardian 

“Mamet makes all-American music – hot jazz and wounding blues.”
—Frank Rich, The New York Times

It’s no secret that David Mamet’s plays include hard-driving characters with noticeably foul vocabularies. His trademark, easily-recognizable style of dialogue has deeply influenced the generation of writers that has matured over the last quarter-century, and has become ingrained in our cultural fabric. Mamet purposefully uses frequently profane language in order to present visceral reflections of reality, creating a unique style that led The New York Times’ Patrick Healy to dub him the “heavyweight of bare-knuckled American playwrights.” 

Please join us for a free pre-show discussion—“The American Style: Exploring Mamet’s Language” on the mezzanine one half-hour before each performance.

Glengarry Glen Ross won the 1984 Tony Award for Best Play, and the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Contains extreme profanity throughout.