"Speed-the-Plow" by David Mamet
Nov. 4 - 19
Free preview for senior citizens on Thurs., Nov. 3 at 8PM.
directed by John Schwanke
produced by Rebecca Pokorski & Lou Okell
STARRING: Peter Lerman Aaron Kaplan Dianna Waller
One of David Mamet's best plays and certainly his funniest. In the play, newly appointed studio chief Bobby Gould is under pressure to deliver a hit. His longtime colleague Charlie Fox gifts him with a tip that will enrich Fox and enable the studio chief to land a superstar who always works for a rival studio. But as the men discuss, they involve an attractive temp secretary who becomes the subject of a bet between them over who can bed her. Turns out she has her own angle to rise up the Hollywood ladder, and manipulates both Hollywood vets. The play was a Broadway hit and most recently had a successful set run on London's West End.
"Mamet's clearest, wittiest play." - New York Daily News
"I laughed and laughed. The play is crammed with wonderful, dazzling, brilliant lines." - New York Post
Note: Strong Language
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Although new to TBTA, John Schwanke brings over 40 years experience in educational and professional theatre. John holds a bachelors degree in Acting from Moorehead State University and a masters in Theatre Arts from Illinois State University. John has acted in and directed more than 60 productions over his stage career. He also spent several years in Hollywood working on the major motion picture The Inheritor with Geoffrey Lewis and Suzanne Benton. While in Hollywood, he developed an extremely successful career in theatre production management as the assistant art director and lighting designer for Disney on Parade, and the original Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby. From there John joined Theatre Techniques in New York City, the company that he was to eventually own. Johns company built over 500 theatrical productions including Cats, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Chicago, Me and My Girl, On the 20th Century, Sunset Boulevard, M Butterfly, Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods to name a few. His company also built the stages for major musical acts such as Kiss, The Rolling Stones, Boston, Hall and Oates, Jethro Tull, and Parliament Funkadelic among others. John eventually sold the company which is still highly successful as a leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions under the name Production Resource Group (PRG).
The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts (View)
184 Whisconier Road
Brookfield, CT 06804
|Minimum Age: 12
|Kid Friendly: No
|Dog Friendly: No
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!