David Mamet Demand Forces Alchemist Theater To Cancel Production Of Oleanna
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
"Milwaukee's Alchemist Theatre has canceled its production of the David Mamet drama 'Oleanna"' after one performance after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the playwright's representatives over the theater company's decision to cast a male actor in the play's lead female role.
"'Oleanna,' introduced to audiences shortly after the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991, centers on the relationship between a professor and a female student who accuses him of harassment and rape.
"In Alchemist's production, which opened Thursday night, Ben Parman was cast in the role of Carol, the student. David Sapiro plays John, the professor."
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