VINTAGE PLAYBILL: Glengarry Glen Ross, 1984 and 2005
06 Dec 2012
The second revival of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross opens at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre Dec. 8. The Playbill Vault looks back at the play's history on Broadway.
Glengarry made its world premiere in London in 1982 and later opened on Broadway March 25, 1984. The play won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama but lost the Best Play Tony to Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing. Joe Mantegna won a Featured Actor Tony for his performance as Ricky Roma, a role he would play throughout the production's run.
Two decades later, Joe Mantello directed a Tony-winning revival that opened May 1, 2005. The production's all-star cast included Alan Alda, Jeffrey Tambor and Tom Wopat. Like Joe Mantegna, Liev Schreiber won a Featured Actor Tony for his performance as Ricky Roma.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.