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... 3rd page on Mamet: read Mamet on Mamet & Oleanna (summary)
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Stage Directing Theory
Directing Theory: pre-text, text and super-text = playscript + spectacle + public
Pinter Page pomo I

set -- office (light, door, board, desk, phone) -- notes page * doc (subdirectory) = lists biblio:

Mamet is the second (3rd? counting Beckett) generation of PM?

They are not aware of their feeling, even their gender...

Mamet Vs. Mamet: He's Playwright, Director, Theorist - and His Own Worst Enemy Magazine article by Todd London; American Theatre, Vol. 13, July-August 1996

David Mamet: A Research and Production Sourcebook by David K. Sauer, Janice A. Sauer; Praeger, 2003

Plato in Hollywood: David Mamet and the Power of Illusions Journal article by Howard Pearce; Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 32, 1999

Between Men and Women Magazine article by David Mamet; The Nation, Vol. 262, January 1, 1996

Beyond Naturalism: A New Realism in American Theatre by William W. Demastes; Greenwood Press, 1988 - Chapter Three. David Mamet's Dis-Integrating Drama

Realism and the American Dramatic Tradition by William W. Demastes; University of Alabama Press, 1996 - Fifteen: Anti-Theatricality and American Ideology: Mamet's Performative Realism

Staging Difference: Cultural Pluralism in American Theatre and Drama by Marc Maufort; Peter Lang, 1995 - The Devil's Advocate:: David Mamet's Oleanna and Political Correctness

Delights, Desires, and Dilemmas: Essays on Women and the Media by Ann C. Hall; Praeger Publishers, 1998 - Chapter 9: Misogyny and Misanthropy: Anita Hill and David Mamet

Critical Angles: European Views of Contemporary American Literature by Marc Chénetier; Southern Illinois University Press, 1986 - 12: David Mamet, a Virtuoso of Invective

Ionesco "Lesson"?

She thinks that she is lesbian. His relations with his wife?

movie: Oleanna * Oleanna (1994) Starring: William H. Macy, Debra Eisenstadt Director: David Mamet B00009Y3N9

DVD review:
"David Mamet's 1992 two-character stage play Oleanna dramatized a power struggle between a university professor and a female student who accuses him of sexual harassment and rape..."

Oleanna (Paperback) by David Mamet $6.50 Dramatists Play Service Inc 0822213435

Oleanna: A Play (Vintage Original) (Paperback) 067974536X $9.84

sparknotes: Oleanna

Oleanna wikipedia

Pinter directed Oleanna

Oleanna from David Mamet Society

play review * University of Waterloo Gazette

[ As titles go, this one is rather obscure. Oleanna refers to a folk story about how a man (named Ole) and his wife (Anna) bought acres of swampland then sold it as farmland to those who were willing to invest their lives' savings. Once the money had been collected, the pair vanished and the buyers were left with worthless property. This became known as the "Oleanna swindle." For Mamet, higher education may be today's "Oleanna swindle." ]

Double cast: to play subtext in movement?

3 scenes -- one/no intermission?

SM -- Ben

AD - Jon (page in THR331)

Dramaturg -- Craig : mamet society

oleanna: stage vs. screen (audio) -- Oleanna works on the stage because it concentrates conflict within a theatre to create a threatening space from which there is no escape. But on the screen, this dissipates as conflict becomes pathos at the same time it tempts viewers with visual escape, although there is no place to go (in his other work, escape and action seem to substitute for language: re Heist or Spartan ). Carol can claim that she wants action not words from John but neither he, nor Mamet, delivers.

... As Mamet has stated, Oleanna is "a play about the uses and abuses of power, and the corruption is on both sides" (my emphasis). Pinter (to whom Mamet dedicated Glengarry Glen Ross ) knows a thing or two about dramatizing the uses and abuses of power, and about how to portray that struggle for power subtextually; his production proved to be the perfect marriage of director and play. [ * ]

Dance of Power: mi-en-scene (desk, two chairs, floor plan). Three-act-structure.

Power Dance (African) -- and Flamingo ?

blackboard (rolling) as his chair (as an electric chair) -- [ his/her drawings ]

coat tree

table lamp (green?)

slide projector?

Desk top computor?

She has her laptop?

costumes ideas -- "metalic" in her?

Changes in their appearance through 1 - 2 - 3 ...

"His book" -- many copies on his shelf (what subject)?

prop list

1. Morning

2. Day

3. Night

Rain? (sound) -- techno.mid mamet sound (sample)

[ images -- film-north album, vtheatre gallery, flickr? ]

Oleanna: All performances in the Lee H. Salisbury Theatre
Friday, October 20, 2006 @ 8:15pm
Saturday, October 21, 2006 @ 8:15pm
Friday, October 27, 2006 @ 8:15pm
Saturday, October 28, 2006 @ 8:15pm
Sunday, October 29, 2006 @ 2:00pm

11.2.06 -- Postmotem (notes will be posted by Dramaturg at vtheatre group/list).

Mini-reviews form directing class (assignments) are at yahoo-cls-directing.

Assistant of Director (AD) notes.

Stage Manager Book [ * ].
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books/biblio -- articles on Mamet : between Hamlet and Petruccio