Oleanna by David Mamet in the Wilson Hall Black Box Theatre

Wilson Hall Black Box Theatre, 2nd Floor Wilson Hall

Oleanna, by David Mamet, will be performed April 21 & 22 and 28 & 29 in the Wilson Hall Black Box Theatre, under the direction of Dr. Dean Cooledge. Performances start at 7:30 and there will be NO LATE SEATING. Tickets will be $5.00; free for students in rows two and three. Front row seating is available for $10 (only 9 available). Tickets must be purchased in advance.

From the book cover:
In Oleanna, one of Mamet’s most controversial plays, “a male college instructor and his female student sit down to discuss her grades and in a terrifyingly short time become the participants in a modern reprise of the Inquisition. Innocuous remarks suddenly turn damning. Socratic dialogue gives way to heated assault. And the relationship between a somewhat fatuous teacher and his seemingly hapless pupil turns into a fiendishly accurate X ray of the mechanisms of power, censorship, and abuse.”

This production will twist the knife further in that gender and racial roles will be reversed, asking the question, “how do our perceptions of gender and race shape this argument?”

The new Wilson Hall Black Box Theatre is dedicated to edgy and incendiary productions destined to spark conversation and controversy. Its motto is: “Theatre to talk about.”

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