Allison Janney, Catherine O'Hara, Robin Wright and More Set for All-Female Reading of Glengarry Glen Ross
By Andrew Gans
A reading of the screenplay of David Mamet's Glengarry Glenn Ross, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about sharks in a real-estate office, will be presented Feb. 21 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Part of Jason Reitman's "Live Read" series, which features readings of iconic movie scripts, the evening will begin at 7:30 PM.
An all-female cast will star in the reading of the Mamet work, which was penned for an all-male company.
The company, according to EW.com, will feature Robin Wright as Ricky Roma, Catherine O’Hara as Shelley Levene, Maria Bello as Dave Moss, Allison Janney as George Aaronow and Mae Whitman as John Williamson.
“We toyed with the idea of doing a gender swap on a film like 'Top Gun,' but instead decided on a full reverse from men to women,” Reitman told EW.com. “'Glengarry' was [critic] Elvis [Mitchell's] idea. It’s the perfect candidate as there is no reason this script needs to be read by men outside of our own social stereotypes.”
The drama known for its rapid-fire dialogue and profane language was first produced on Broadway in 1984 under the direction of Gregory Mosher following London and Chicago runs. The drama was later adapted by Mamet for the 1992 film starring Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris and Kevin Spacey. Pacino also starred in the recent Broadway revival.
Here's how the modern classic was recently billed on Broadway: "The stakes are high at a fly by night Chicago real estate office: 1st prize — a new Cadillac, 2nd prize — a set of steak knives, 3rd prize — you're fired! Glengarry Glen Ross slices to the core of the American dream and exposes the depths people will go to stay on top of the game. Mamet himself worked in a real estate office in Chicago in 1969 setting up appointments for salesmen, and the play is influenced by the cutthroat politics he encountered."
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