Midcoast Actors' tackle Mamet masterworkClosing night has Ming’s Chinese dinner
Belfast — Midcoast Actors’ Studio will open its production of David Mamet’s Pulitzer and Tony awards-winning “Glengarry Glen Ross” Friday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. for a two-weekend run on the Troy Howard School Stage, 173 Lincolnville Ave./Route 52. Performances will be Friday and Saturday nights through Sept. 21.
The MAS show, directed by Tara Woods, features Greg Marsanskis as Shelly "The Machine" Levene; Jason Bannister, Artistic Director of Midcoast Actors’ Studio, as Ricky Roma; Mike Rowe of Waldoboro as George Aaronow; Erik Perkins, who directed June’s "Pygmalion," as John Williamson; Randall Merrifield, father of MAS star Marie Stickney, as Dave Moss; Brian Ross as James Lingk; Mary O’Brien Jones of Stockton Springs, who opens the show; and Jay Rosenberg as Baylen, a police officer.
A dark dramatic comedy, “Glengarry Glen Ross” follows the lives of four small-time, cutthroat real estate salesmen grinding out a living by pushing overpriced, undesirable plots of land on reluctant buyers in a never-ending scramble for their share of the American dream. Company big wigs Mitch and Murray declare a month-long sales contest: first place is a new Cadillac; second place is a set of steak knives; third place is “you’re fired.” The four salesmen sweet-talk, plan and scheme for the perfect client and the hot Glengarry leads, which Mitch and Murray make clear are for closers only. How far will the four go to get to the leads in order to schedule a “sit” at the perfect victim's residence?
“Glengarry,” celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is partly informed by Mamet’s experiences working in a male-dominated Chicago real estate office in the late 1960s and contains the playwright's trademark staccato and rough language (one particular profanity is used 128 times). Many feel “Glengarry” is Mamet at his best — writing with brute force — and connects to television’s modern day “Survivor”-style reality shows. Entertainment Weekly recently ranked “Glengarry Glen Ross” No. 13 in the Top 50 Plays of All Time.
Jen Wendell is producer; Bannister designed and built the sets; Rosenberg handles the lights; Karen Brezsnyak designed the costumes, hair and makeup; Beth Rowe handles props; and Amy Pillitteri designed the music.
The closing night performance, Sept. 21, will be a special dinner theater show. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., provided by Ming’s Chinese of Belfast. Tickets for the dinner and show are $20 and must be purchased in advance by calling the box office at 370-7592; deadline for reserving dinner theater seating is Sept. 16.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at Opera House Video in Belfast, by calling the box office or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
This production contains mature themes and strong language. For more information about the Midcoast Actors’ Studio, founded in 2012, visit midcoastactors.org or its Facebook page.
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