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Speed-the-Plow is a play by American playwright, film director, screenwriter and author David Mamet (born 1947) [1].

Not to be confused with Speed the Plough by H.V. Morton (1798).

The original text

A satirical dissection of the American movie business, the play premiéred on Broadway at the Royale Theatre in a production by the Lincoln Center Theater, opening on May 3, 1988 and closing on Dec 31, 1988 after 279 performances.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1990: Presented under the title Speed the Plow Upstairs at the Market in January, directed by Malcolm Purkey with Andrew Buckland, Dawid Minnaar and Megan Kruskal.



Ruphin Coudyzer. 2023. Annotated list of his photographs of Market Theatre productions. (Provided by Coudyzer)

Pat Schwartz 1988. The Best of Company: The Story of Johannesburg's Market Theatre. Johannesburg: Ad Donker.

Percy Tucker. 1997. Just the Ticket. My 50 Years in Show Business. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press: p. 486.

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