Glengarry Glen Ross

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Glengarry Glen Ross [1] is a 1983 play by American playwright David Mamet (1947- ) [2]. The play won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984. The play shows parts of two days in the lives of four desperate Chicago real estate agents who are prepared to engage in any number of unethical, illegal acts—from lies and flattery to bribery, threats, intimidation and burglary—to sell undesirable real estate to unwitting prospective buyers. The play draws partly on Mamet's experiences in a Chicago real estate office, where he worked briefly in the late 1960s. The title of the play comes from the names of two of the real estate developments, Glengarry Highlands and Glen Ross Farms, being peddled by the salesmen characters.

The world premiere was at the National Theatre in London on September 21, 1983.

Performance history in South Africa

1985: Produced by the Baxter Theatre, directed by Ken Leach, starring Victor Melleney, David Alcock, Ronald France, Gordon van Rooyen, Michael McGovern, Richard Farmer and John Dennison.

1985: Presented by PACT under Bobby Heaney’s direction at the Alexander Theatre, starring Anthony Fridjhon, Wilson Dunster, Bill Flynn, Dale Cutts, Peter Terry, Graham Hopkins and Graham Clarke.

2008: Presented by The Mechanicals in Cape Town starring Guy de Lancey, **

Translations and adaptations


PACT theatre programme, 1985.

Barrow, Brian & Williams-Short, Yvonne (eds.). 1988. Theatre Alive! The Baxter Story 1977-1987.

Wikipedia [3]

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

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