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Will Wenatchee buy into Glengarry Glen Ross?

By on August 29, 2017 in Events with 1 Comment

The pressure is on to sell, sell sell: from left are: Benjamin Walker ( Detective Baylen) , David James (Richard Roma), Zane Palmer (James Lingk) and Matt Cadman (Dave Moss).

Mission Creek Players upcoming production of Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet is no play for children, said producer Terry Sloan.

It was chosen by long time Mission Creek Player’s Co-founder Kathy Z. Smithson, director, because it is a gritty Pulitzer-prize winning play that is a masterpiece of American Drama that she feels Wenatchee is ready for.

“This window into one aspect of human nature will keep you interested and wondering what will happen next,” said Kathy.

Mamet is well known for his mastery of language and the language in this play reflects the rough crassness and emotionalism of his characters. Because these characters, all terrific male roles, are frustrated, they resort to outbursts of obscenity and profanity.

Kathy added that Mamet makes no apologies for this speech because it’s an important means of depicted character, exposing emotional response and creating tension.

The plot is set in motion when the unseen company directors, have introduced a system that puts the salesmen — played by Steve Zimmerman, Matt Cadman, Henry Hettick and David James — at war with each other, under the direction of their office manager, Williamson, played by Pete Mathews.

Their device is a sales competition in which the winner will get a Cadillac, the runner up a set of steak knives and the losers will be fired. Realizing their livelihoods are threatened, the atmosphere begins to heat up.

There is deception and illusion at work on every level. Although Mamet also wrote the screenplay for the award winning film, the stage play is somewhat different, said Kathy.

Also in the play is Benjamin Walker who is playing Detective Baylen who enters in act two.

Tickets are $22 and can be purchased online at Numerica Performing Arts Center or by calling 663-ARTS.

The play is limited to four performances: Sept. 21, 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. at the PAC.

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  1. David James says:

    Can’t wait for this play! Great drama and comedy.

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