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The Woods

The Woods
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: David Mamet
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 64
Pub. Date: 1979
ISBN-10: 0573618194
ISBN-13: 9780573618192
Cast Size: 1 woman and 1 man

About the Play:

The Woods is a full-length drama by David Mamet. A modern dramatic parable in which a young couple who spend a night in a cabin in the woods experience passion, then disillusionment, but are in the end reconciled by mutual need.

The Woods is a character study of two people set on the porch of a summer cabin in the woods. Ruth and Nick are two young lovers who spend a night his family's lakeside cabin. During the play a whole anatomy of the relations of men and women in love is laid out. Both are euphoric, but love takes them different ways. The sense of being loved turns her outward; she talks nonstop about many different things surrounding them, but Nick does not seem to care; all he sees is Ruth and he takes her inside to make love. Later, practically all is destroyed between them. He turns fretful, fearful; after desire is appeased she becomes the thinnest wisp against a threatening world to him. Her efforts to maintain their kingdom disintegrate as he turns in on himself. The closeness between them conceals an immense distance; they have a violent quarrel and she prepares to leave. Suddenly they cling to each other without joy or hope, simply from need.

The Woods premiered in Chicago and later at Joseph Papp's Public Theatre in New York.

Cast: 1 woman and 1 man.

What people say:

"He has never written better." New York Times Magazine

"…beautifully conceived love story." — Chicago Daily News

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 Prize-winning 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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