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.
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Aug. 20. Continues through Aug. 30, 2009