The festival will include new productions of A Life in the Theatre, Romance, and Mamet's family-oriented play The Revenge of the Space Pandas or Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock. Romance, now playing Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theatre Company, will be presented in repertory with some of Mamet’s one-act plays, yet to be selected.
It will be a homecoming for the playwright. Mamet's career in the '70s and early '80s is seen as very much entwined with the renaissance of Windy City theatre. His star first rose in his native Chicago, where he found a champion in the Goodman and its then-artistic director, Gregory Mosher. American Buffalo had its premiere at the Goodman in 1975, and Glengarry Glen Ross played the Goodman before moving to Broadway.
The revival of the early work, A Life in the Theatre, will be the centerpiece of the undertaking. The tale of two actors—one young and rising, one older and growing desperate—will be staged by Goodman artistic director Robert Falls in the Albert Theatre, appearing March 4-April 9, 2006.
Mamet’s most recent play, Romance, will play in the Goodman’s Owen Theatre, March 17-April 23. The Revenge of the Space Pandas or Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock will be presented on Saturday mornings during the festival in the Owen Theatre.
The festival will also feature a number of special events, including "A Conversation with David Mamet," led by long-time Chicago Tribune theatre critic Richard Christiansen, a man who was the first to review many a Mamet premiere.