David Mamet has been rather widely referred to as a misogynist, and Theatre Artists Studio has set out to consider the question. With David Mamet -- Mothers, Daughters and Other Loves?, a festival of scenes and monologues from Mamets plays, the company places a spotlight on Mamets complex, lovingly crafted women.
Among the plays from which scenes will be performed are Oleanna, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Dark Pony, and Reunion. A monologue selected from Mamets The Old Neighborhood is so long that three actresses will perform it. Mamets short-shorts arent overlooked here; a two-pager titled Australia, from a lesser-known series of plays called No One Will Be Immune, is also included.
We do the Great Playwrights Series to give members a chance to perform work they wouldnt normally get a chance to perform, says TAS Julie Lee. And to get more people exposed to the writings of these playwrights. Weve done Albee, Becket, and Shakespeare, among others, in the past.