If you are (a) a regular in the D.C. theatre scene and (b) have not been living under a rock for the last thirty years, you probably know David Mamet as the genius behind Glengarry Glen Ross and that favorite of all twenty-something aspiring starlets in search of a painfully overdone audition monologue, Oleanna. The very definition of a Renaissance man (essayist, playwright, screenwriter, and film director), and arguably the most influential playwright in contemporary theater, Mamet has managed to garner one Pulitzer (for Glengarry Glen Ross), two Tony nominations (for Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow), and two Oscar nominations (for The Verdict and Wag the Dog) since 1982. Meanwhile, in his “spare time”, he has added a novel or two to his oeuvre, published The Hero Pony (a poetry collection), Five Cities of Refuge (an exegetical commentary on the Torah), Bambi vs. Godzilla (an acerbic commentary on the movie business), and The Wicked Son (a study of Jewish self-loathing and anti-Semitism.) Say what you like of the man’s writing, Mamet has a mind like a steel trap and a pen that just won’t quit.
Indeed, David Mamet has so cornered the market on overlapping, edgy, streetwise dialogue — characters interrupting one another frequently and leaving sentences artfully unfinished — that this distinctive style has become known in theatrical circles as “Mamet-speak”. While he has often incurred criticism from feminists for his themes of machismo and male dominance, perhaps the greatest testament to the transcendence of David Mamet is that his reputation has endured his recent conversion to neo-conservatism and very vocal support of Sarah Palin – an impressive feat in the predominantly liberal world of the theater. No two ways about it, David Mamet is here to stay.
November, which Dominion is thrilled to present in our current season (opening June 1st!), is one of Mamet’s most recent offerings, written in 2007 and premiering on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on January 17, 2008. This incisive comedy/social commentary centers on Charles Smith, a lame-duck incumbent President of the United State (in the tradition of Jimmy Carter) mere days before his second election, as he realizes that he is running out of money — and running out of time. This is a show not to be missed this election season, as it profoundly resonates in the current climate, addressing a number of hot-button issues of today. Ultimately, it is a scathing yet probative look at the underbelly of modern politics.
So be there, be prepared to laugh, but most importantly, be prepared to think. In the words of David Mamet: “It’s only words… unless they’re true.”
By David Mamet
Director: T.J. Keiter
Assistant Director: Jessi Keiter
Executive Producer: Larissa Norris
Producers: Patrick M. Doneghy and Robert King
Stage Manager: Jay Stein
Dave Wright- President Charles Smith
James Senavitis- Archer Brown
Aimee Meher-Homji- Clarice Bernstein
Gary Cramer- Turkey Representative
Michael Nephew- Chief Dwight Grackle
It’s November in a Presidential election year, and incumbent Charles Smith’s chances for reelection are looking grim. Approval ratings are down, his money’s running out, and nuclear war might be imminent. Though his staff has thrown in the towel and his wife has begun to prepare for her post-White House life, Chuck isn’t ready to give up just yet. Amidst the biggest fight of his political career, the President has to find time to pardon a couple of turkeys — saving them from the slaughter before Thanksgiving — and this simple PR event inspires Smith to risk it all in attempt to win back public support. With Mamet’s characteristic no-holds-barred style, November is a scathingly hilarious take on the state of America today and the lengths to which people will go to win.
PLEASE NOTE- not our usual venue!!!
Theatre on the Run
3700 S. Four Mile Run, Arlington, VA 22206
Friday, June 1 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 2@ 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 7 @ 8 p.m.
Friday, June 8 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 9 @ 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 14 @ 8 p.m.
Friday, June 15 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 16 @ 8 p.m.
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