It’s all about power in David Mamet’s groundbreaking drama about political correctness and perception. When John, a professor, tries to help his student Carol, is it a misunderstanding or inherent misogyny that causes trouble? Featuring Johnny Lee Davenport (The Whipping Man, Thurgood), Oleanna crackles with the fiery dialogue of Mamet at his finest.
Note: In accordance with the playwright’s wishes and our contractual obligations, we will not be hosting post-performance talkbacks for this production. Check back here soon for opportunities to engage with us, including our open First Rehearsal, Sneak Peek, and our fall session of Page to Stage.
STATEMENTS OF SURVIVAL SERIES
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What is “Oleanna” and why did Mamet choose the word for the title of his play?
As his settlement ran into financial difficulties and ultimately failed, Ole Bull’s critics in Norway penned a mocking ballad, also titled “Oleanna,” which was later popularized by folk singer Pete Seeger:
“In Oleanna land is free,
The wheat and corn just plant themselves,
Then grow a good four feet a day,
While on your bed you rest yourself.”