08 Mar David Mamet’s Oleanna is first production of 2012 for TheatreFIRST

This is the 20th Anniversary of Mr. Mamet’s seminal work about higher education, sexual politics and power in America. Oleanna runs April 21 – May 13, 2012, at the Berkeley City Club

Oleanna, a powerful two-character drama by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, is TheatreFIRST’s initial production of 2012. Following up the success of last fall’s Hanging Georgia, TheatreFIRST is back in Berkeley.

Directed by TheatreFIRST Artistic Director Michael Storm, Oleanna opens Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 8 p.m. at a new location – Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley – and runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 5 p.m. through May 13.

Tickets are on sale now at BrownPaperTickets.com and more information can be found at TheatreFIRST.com.

“This is an amazing drama that transpires between a male professor and a female student as they struggle to define their roles in the classroom as well as society while dealing with each other in a battle royale for power,” says director Michael Storm.

The play presents two flawed characters whose inability to communicate leads to accusations of sexual improprieties which threaten the teacher’s bid for tenure.

“This is a play that sparks so much debate and discussion among audiences because so much is left unexplained, open to different interpretations from people with different life experiences and perspective,” Storm said. “It will be especially exciting to share this work with Bay Area audiences, who are used to challenging and questioning works of art from their own points of view.”

Mamet, whose award-winning stage works include Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo and Speed the Plow, shows his genius again with the complex and controversial Oleanna, which has been described as unflinching and incendiary.

David Mamet was born in Chicago in 1947 studying at Goddard College in Vermont and at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York. He has taught at Goddard College, the Yale Drama School, and New York University and lectures at New York’s Atlantic Theatre Company, of which he is a founding member. His plays have won the Pulitzer Prize and the Obie Award.

Since 1993, TheatreFIRST has been one of the most dynamic theatre companies in the area.  TheatreFIRST’s history of mounting Bay Area premieres includes Blue Remembered Hills, Via Dolorosa, The Great Celestial Cow, Fronteras Americanas, Making Noise Quietly, The Arab-Israeli Cookbook and Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter. Awards include Best Small Theatre by East Bay Express and the Bay Guardian’s Goldie Award for Theatre.

Regular TheatreFIRST patrons should take note that Oleanna will be in a new location, Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley.  In an effort to find a permanent home, TheatreFIRST continues its search and is presently in discussions regarding a new venue.

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Attention Calendar Editors

What:              Oleanna by David Mamet
Who:               Presented by TheatreFIRST, Directed by Michael Storm
When:            Opening Saturday April 21 through May 13, 2012
Running:       Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 5pm
Location:        The Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone:            510.436.5085

Regular Ticket Prices: $25 (Preview performance Friday April 20 $15) at Brown Paper Tickets

Under 30 Ticket Prices: $15

Regular Tickets at door: $30

Student Rush Tickets: $10 (Available 15 minutes prior to curtain)

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