Next Stage: Oleanna
Directed by JC Conway as part of the Next Stage Series; a collaboration between South of Broadway Theatre and The Flowertown Players, blending the best of what both theatres have to offer and creating a unique experience.
THE STORY: When a young college student, Carol, drops by her professor’s office to talk about her grade, her professor, John seems at first dismissive and uncaring, distracted by his upcoming tenure announcement and the purchase of his new house. But slowly Carol and John come to realize they have more in common than they thought and a personal bond is formed. But what happens when this new found bond is betrayed? Oleanna explores the struggle between two people, a teacher and student, a man and woman, a success and a failure, and the way that the quest for power can define a relationship. Mamet’s gritty use of language and situation create a gripping psychological thriller that doesn’t leave you asking who done it, but why and if it was really done.
David Mamet is a Pulitzer Prize winning and Tony nominated playwright. He has also been nominated for two Oscars for Screenwriting. Some of his more notable works are, Glenn Gary Glen Ross, American Buffalo, The Untouchables, Ronin, and Hannibal. Mamet is known for his stylistic dialogue, known as “Mamet Speak”, in which as much is left unsaid as is said.
JC Conway is the Artistic Director for The Flowertown Players. This will be his second time directing a Next Stage Production after last spring’s production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, which was nominated for Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Actor at the Theatre Charleston Awards.
“To me Oleanna is one of those rare plays that continues to ask questions of both the actors and the audience without ever giving answers. In this way it is not just a drama, but also a thriller and a tragedy. It’s one of those plays that no one walks away from unscathed, and will leave you asking yourself how important power is in your life.”
Featuring Mark Gorman as John, the professor, and Julie Hammond as the student, Carol. Mark was most recently seen in Threshold Reps. 1963, and previously in SOBTC’s Steady Rain and Last of the Red Hot Lovers. Mark is a member of Actor’s Equity and has been the Artistic Director of South of Broadway for the last 5 years. Julie Hammond was last seen as Mina in Flowertown Players’ Dracula and was in the inaugural Next Stage performance of No Exit.
Where and When: Performances at South of Broadway Theatre Company will be performed in three quarter audience, 1080 E. Montague Avenue (in the Olde Village Park Circle Area), North Charleston, 29405
The show then moves to The Flowertown Players in a proscenium style at The James F. Dean Theatre 133 North Main Street, Summerville SC. 29483 February 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 at 8pm and Sundays February 22 and March 1 at 3pm.