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Lakeboat

Lakeboat
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: David Mamet
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 67
Pub. Date: 1983
ISBN-10: 0573640343
ISBN-13: 9780573640346

About the Play:

Lakeboat is a full-length comedy by David Mamet. An Ivy League college student takes a summer job with hardened sailors aboard a steel freighter in the 1970s. It is a poignant and funny take on the lives of men who work, touching on themes of masculinity, fathers and sons, growing up and growing old.

Lakeboat is a semi-autobiographical play about the men of a Great Lakes freighter as observed by Dale, a college kid working on the ship for the summer. Mamet's ear and iconic voice sift through the tedium of ship life to offer a glimpse into the soul of these men who are trapped in a world of their own making as the ship sails back and forth from Mamet's native Chicago to places like Detroit and Duluth carrying iron ore. Lakeboat is David Mamet's first play; written at the tender young age of 22. Its muscular prose alternates between the crass and the touching and serves up a fantastic slice of life that is often funny and full of pungent and unflinching observations of the human condition. His hallmark fascination with the dynamics of men in groups begins here and arguably plants the seed that later grows into plays like American Buffalo and, of course, Glengarry Glen Ross.

Lakeboat was first produced in 1970 at the Theatre Workshop at Marlboro College in Vermont. The play's world premiere was staged to acclaim by the Milwaukee Repertory Theater in 1980; subsequent major productions were mounted by the Long Wharf Theatre and the Goodman Theatre in 1982. It was a hit in 1994 at the Tiffany Theater in West Hollywood and the British Premiere was in 1998 at the Lyric Theatre in London.

Cast : 8 men

What people say:

"Richly overheard talk and loopy, funny construction." — Village Voice

"The show has much of Mamet's poetry of the inarticulate, the ritual, tribal double talk that makes sense underneath the ludicrous patters of our lives." — Chicago Tribune

"A banquet of meaty acting parts." — Milwaukee Sentinel

About the Playwright:

David Mamet is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright 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. Born in Chicago in 1947, Mamet has taught at the Yale School of Drama, New York University, and Goddard College, and he lectures at the Atlantic Theater Company, of which he is a founding member. He lives in Santa Monica, California.

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