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Glengarry Glen Ross

Glengarry Glen Ross
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: David Mamet
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 74
Pub. Date: 1983
ISBN-10: 0573640424
ISBN-13: 9780573640421
Cast Size: 7 men

About the Play:

Glengarry Glen Ross was named by the Royal National Theatre of Britain as one of the top 100 plays of the 20th century.

Winner of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Glengarry Glen Ross is a full-length comedic drama by David Mamet. Lies. Greed. Corruption. It's business as usual. Four cut-throat real estate salesmen will do anything to sell plots of land to reluctant buyers. At a time of fierce debate about the American Dream and what it represents, this masterpiece of American drama remains a sobering account of the desperation of those at the bottom of the food chain.

Glengarry Glen Ross is a morality play filled with obscenity and comic banter set in an office of cut-throat Chicago real estate salesmen battling for commissions. Pitched in a high-stakes competition against each other, four increasingly desperate salesmen are prepared to engage in any number of unethical or illegal acts – from lies and threats to bribery, burglary and intimidation – to sell undesirable real estate to poor prospective buyers. This play is David Mamet at his very best, writing with brutal power about the tough life of tough characters who cajole, connive, wheedle, and wheel and deal in a never-ending scramble for their fair share of the American dream – where the mantra is simple: closing the sale can mean you've won a brand new Cadillac; but losing one can mean losing it all. This brilliant and tough look at greed and crass commercialism and ugliness in business is an excoriating drama with plenty of dark-hearted laughs.

Glengarry Glen Ross premiered in 1983 at the National Theatre in London. This ground-breaking modern classic has won every major dramatic award on Broadway and in the West End, including the 1983 Olivier Award for Best Play and the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and was later adapted by David Mamet for an Academy Award-nominated film. Revived on Broadway in 2006, the play has become a favourite scene study vehicle in acting classes and workshops and is regularly performed in regional, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 7 men (has been performed with an all-female ensemble playing the all-male roles)

What people say:

"A chillingly funny indictment of a world in which you are what you sell." — The Guardian

"Nobody alive writes better American... Here at last, carving characters out of language, is a play with real muscle." — Observer

"One of his best plays. Crackling tension… ferocious comedy and drama. A top American Playwright in bristling form." — The New York Times

"The best new American play of the season. Wonderfully funny… a play to see, remember and cherish." — New York Post

"The most exciting American play in years." — Women's Wear Daily

About the Playwright:

David Mamet is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright and an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter as well as a director, novelist, poet, and essayist. He has written the screenplays for more than twenty films, including the Oscar-nominated The Verdict. His more than twenty plays include the Pulitzer Prizewinning Glengarry Glen Ross. His other awards include a Tony Award, an Academy Award, two OBIE Awards, two NYDCC Awards, and Outer Circle, Society of West End Theatre, and Dramatists Guild Hall-Warriner Awards.

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