Oleanna by David Mamet
Directed by Ruth Calder-Potts
Starring David Scott & Sinead O’ Riordan
Mon 27th Aug – Sat 1st Sept Nightly 8pm
Tickets €10.00 087 1129970
‘A Cracking Production’ by Entertainment.ie
Company D’s Nationwide Tour of David Mamet’s Gripping Psychological Thriller Oleanna
“A CRACKING PRODUCTION” By Entertainment.ie
In this controversial, two-person play the audience is taken on a stormy and, at times, uncomfortable journey into the very modern issues of sexual harassment,gender roles and stereotypes.
Mamet’s controversial 90’s two-hander penetrates the potential corruption inherent in sexual harassment accusations. John, a university professor in his early forties is about to be granted tenure and has structured his family life around the award, putting down a deposit on a new house for his family. Carol, one of his students has failed a paper and when she finds she cannot understand the concepts of the course, files a complaint with the tenure committee, accusing John of sexual impropriety, sexism and an abuse of his position, both as an older male and as an educator.
Mamet wrote in his 2010 book “Theatre” that one of his favourite plays is John Patrick-Shanley’s “Doubt”, citing the play’s genius as its ability to leave the ball squarely in the court of the audience. “Oleanna” serves a similar function, presenting both sides of an epic power struggle and allowing the audience to decide who is right and who is wrong, presenting no definitive opinion on the part of the dramatist. Who is right? Is Carol simply a bitter student, not intelligent enough to be at university, using her age and gender to destroy the professor who has failed her? Or is Carol right? Has John let his position go to his head, exercising his freedom to deviate and invent, patronising his female students and indulging his power to pass or fail, to grant and deny.