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Oleanna is a two-character play by David Mamet (1947-) [1]

The original play

A play about about the power struggle between a university professor and one of his female students, who accuses him of sexual exploitation and, by doing so, spoils his chances of being accorded tenure.

The play premiered in May 1992 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as the first production of Mamet's new Back Bay Theater Company with William H. Macy as John and Rebecca Pidgeon as Carol. In October it appeared off-Broadway at New York City's Orpheum Theatre, again with Macy and Pidgeon, and a rewriten third act.

Translations and adaptations

In 1994, Mamet directed his own film adaptation the play, starring William H. Macy and Debra Eisenstadt.[2]

Performance history in South Africa

1993: Produced in South Africa in 1993 by Moira Blumenthal, directed by Terrence Shank, starring Guy de Lancey and Janine Eser.

1994: Staged in the Baxter Studio Theatre by arrangement with Quentin Productions in March 1994, directed by John Carson, with André Jacobs (John) and Lucinda Hooley (Carol). Design by Brian Collins, costumes Hazel van den Hoven, stage manager Sara Cohen.

2018: Produced by Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre at the Fugard Studio Theatre, directed by Greg Karvellas with Alan Committie and Nicole Fortuin. Set Design is by Chris Pienaar, Costume Design by Birrie le Roux and Lighting Design by Luke Ellenbogen.

2024: Performed at the Joburg Theatre, directed by James Ngcobo with Altovise Lawrence and Mothusi Magano from 4 to 25 August.






Baxter Theatre pamphlet, December 1993.

Oleanna theatre programme, 1994.

The Fugard Theatre <newsletter@thefugard.com> - Wed 2018/08/08 09:30 AM

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