Add Your Responses To Those of Our Panel: “To Praise or Pillory: The Case For (or against) David Mamet”

This discussion begins a multi-week discourse about the enduring relevance of the works and words of David Mamet.  On Sunday, February 24 at 4:30 pm, the conversation continues with a panel on Mamet’s Jewish Identity
featuring The Forward‘s Ezra Glinter and Joshua Furst, author and frequent contributer toThe Forward.

The video here records the final panel session from our RACE IN AMERICA: WHERE ARE WE NOW? Symposium Weekend.  Moderators: Ryan Rilette, Artistic Director of Round House Theatre Ari Roth, Artistic Director of Theater J

Featured Panelists:

• Mitchell Hébert, Director of Round House Theatre’s production of Glengarry Glen Ross and 2012 Helen Hayes Award recipient for Outstanding Lead Actor in Theater J’s production of After the Fall

• Joy Zinoman, Director, Founding Artistic Director of Studio Theatre

• Javier Rivera, Assistant Professor Theatre/Music Theatre at American University

• KenYatta Rogers, Director, Educator, and Actor in Glengarry Glen Ross

• Jennifer Nelson, Writer/Director Founding Producing Director of African Continuum Theatre


Mamet Opens at both Theater J and Round House – GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS and RACE Share Reviews!

We’re extraordinarily proud of our production of RACE which has opened and is creating plenty of heat in the theater, while 7 miles up the road, Mamet’s GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS has opened at Round House Theatre–a production I’ve now seen twice this week. Both plays speak volumes about Mamet’s usefulness as a dramatist — and both productions speak beautifully for the extraordinary talent in our community, in all realms: acting, directing and design. These are two superb renderings. Proud to be so closely aligned with Round House on this venture as well, as we share marketing energies (and wall-space, discounts, ad placements), audience, and brain power. In a separate posting, we’ll discuss the upcoming RACE IN AMERICA: WHERE ARE WE NOW? Symposium which will conclude with a consideration of David Mamet at this particular crossroads in his career — a panel I’ll co-moderate with Round House Theatre’s artistic Director Ryan Rillette, and we’ll be joined by the director of RHT’s GLENGARRY, Mitchell Hebert (who, of course, won a 2012 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in Resident Theatre Production for his performance in last season’s AFTER THE FALL) and by actor Kenyatta Rogers of the RHT production of GLENGARRY, joining an estimable panel of other theater biggies including Joy Zinoman (founding artistic director of Studio Theatre, Javier Rivera (Assistant Professor Theatre/Music Theatre at American University), and Jennifer Nelson, writer/director and former producing director, African Continuum Theatre Company).

Reviews for RACE are in and they’re both sizzling and less than that. The omnibus reviews (2 for the price of 1) are disappointing in that so little space (only 350 words in the Post) is accorded to the actual write-up of RACE. But then RACE has never been everyone’s cup of tea. It’s ranged all over the place since it’s 2009-2010 commercially successful run on Broadway. Here’s a run down of the press so far:

4.5 stars out of 5 in DC Metro Theater Arts by Sydney-Chanele Dawkins

3 out of 4 stars in Washingtonian “…controversial case feels more relevant than ever” – by Missy Frederick

‘Race’ and veracity at Theater J – Washington Jewish Week, by Lisa Traiger

‘Race’ and ‘Good People’ Reviewed in Washington City Paper by Bob Mondello

and just out, GLENGARRY and RACE reviewed together by Peter Marks in The Washington Post “Two Mamet plays are on the boil on D.C. stages”

So there’s the round-up. The HUGE Weekend Symposium awaits.

Eager for your responses to both RACE and GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS.

Jimmy Walen and Michael Anthony Williams in RACE

Jimmy Whalen and Michael Anthony Williams in RACE

Alexander Strain and Rick Foucheux in GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS at Round House

Alexander Strain and Rick Foucheux in GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS at Round House

Michael Anthony William, Jimmy Walen, and Leo Erickson in RACE

Michael Anthony William, Jimmy Whalen, and Leo Erickson in RACE