The Provincetown Theater Presents the Cotuit Center for the Arts Production of, Oleanna by David Mamet
Directed by John Williams. With Jody O’Neil* and Aisha Stewart.
September 2-12, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm.
September 12th performance is followed by a Mass Humanities Panel Discussion
OLEANNA, a powerful two-character drama by David Mamet, explores the destructiveness of miscommunication and excessive political correctness. It is a play about academic politics, student/teacher relationships, and sexual harassment. After the play, moderator Susan Rand Brown, actor Jim Frangione, Abigail Katz, Director of New Play Development for the Atlantic Theater Company founded by David Mamet, and director John Williams will discuss the themes of the play, including miscommunication between men and women.
Jim Frangione co-artistic director of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab, a new play development forum located in Great Barrington, MA. He directed David Mamet’s comedy Romance at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre and Seriously Funny, An Evening of Mamet, Pinter and Shel Silverstein at the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at ART/Harvard. He also directed the play Private Life, at HERE in New York City. Most recently Jim performed with the Atlantic Theater Company in David Mamet’s Ghost Stories; at Shakespeare & Company in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; in the Humana Festival production of The Delling Shore and Off Broadway in Scrambled Eggs. Jim has performed in the NY premiere of several of David Mamet’s plays, including The Old Neighborhood, Oleanna (Off Broadway, at the Alley Theater, and the Nat’l Tour) and Romance at the Atlantic Theater Company. Also with Atlantic: The Night Heron, Hobson’s Choice, Edmond, and Hellhound on My Trail. Regional: Long Wharf Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theater, Berkshire Theater Festival and Mark Taper Forum, among others. Films include; Transamerica, Spartan, Heist, State and Main, The Spanish Prisoner, Homicide, Suits, Claire Dolan, Maryam and the upcoming David O. Russell film, Kay’s Baptism. Jim’s play Flight of the Monarch, set in Hyannis, was just given a developmental staged reading at the Berkshire Playwrights Lab. Jim is a native of Hyannis, attended Barnstable High School and received his B.F.A from Emerson College.
Abigail Katz serves as Director of New Play Development for Atlantic Theater Company where she has been on the artistic staff since 2009. In 2014 she expanded Atlantic’s play development program by creating the AMPLIFIED reading series and LAUNCH commission for early career writers. She was previously Literary Associate and Dramaturg for The Civilians, where she worked on productions Brooklyn at Eye Level, This Beautiful City (The Vineyard Theatre) and Paris Commune (The Public Theater). She was also Producer for Voice & Vision, a company devoted to developing women theater artists. She currently teaches at The New School and Atlantic Theater Company’s Professional Conservatory program. In addition she has taught in the MFA programs at Columbia University School of the Arts and SUNY Stony Brook/Southampton, as well as workshops at The New School, PlayPenn, Southampton Writers Conference, the Commercial Theater Institute, the Playwrights Foundation, CityWrights/City Theatre and Samuel French. Additional affiliations include the Arts Committee for the Alumni Career Task Force for The Dalton School and the New York City team for the American Theatre Archive Project. A native New Yorker, Abigail received her MFA in dramaturgy from Columbia University School of the Arts.
-The Cape Cod Times
“Both play their characters to the hilt, resulting in an arresting final act that quite literally places the action at the audience’s feet. This one will stay with you long after the final curtain.”
-The Barnstable Patriot
“Oleanna is about how people communicate, or fail to communicate,” said director John Williams, who has long wanted to direct this play. “They speak the same language, but their miscommunication, awkward and almost farcical at first, quickly becomes destructive and psychologically wounding. The devastating climax can leave the audience bewildered, enraged, and saddened. It is sure to provoke discussion.”
*appears courtesy of Actor's Equity Association
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