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THEATER 5 - DAVID MAMET Playwright Screenwriter Director...

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DAVID MAMET Playwright, Screenwriter, Director, Producer
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“I think the purpose of theater is to celebrate the mysteries of life. That's what a good play does. The purpose of the theater is not primarily to deal with social issues; it's to deal with spiritual issues .” -Mamet
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David Mamet / Career American Buffalo (1975) A Life in the Theatre (1977) Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) Oleanna (1992) November (2008) Unique for receiving equal recognition for his stage and screen work. critically acclaimed screenplays including The Verdict (1982), The Untouchables (1987), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) and Wag the Dog (1998) Illustration by Zach Trenholm
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ELEMENTS THAT IDENTIFY MAMET’S WORK MametSpeak, Themes, Male Characters Chris Noth as “Teach” at BTF in 2005 Pacino as “Teach” on Bway in 1977
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Mametspeak “Content is never at issue; what Mamet has to say has been said before (American society is corrupt, Hollywood is more corrupt, life is lonely, loveless sex is empty, men treat women badly), but it is the way he says it that is so appealing.” Mamet spoofing Mamet http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=0QNNdb3O2WE&feature =related Mamet recently wrote and directed 2 commercials for the Ford Edge
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Mametspeak "In my family, in the days prior to television, we like to wile away the evenings by making ourselves miserable, solely based on our ability to speak the language viciously. That's probably where my ability was honed.” Mamet told John Lahr in 1997 Raw Foul Mouthed Sparse Clipped Rhythmic
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