Mamet's November Will Open in January

News   Mamet's November Will Open in January
David Mamet's newest play, November, will open on Broadway in January 2008 at a theatre to be announced.

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The New York Times reports that Tony winner Joe Mantello, who helmed the 2005 revival of Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, will direct.

The comedy, according to the New York daily, concerns President Charles Smith "and is set a few days before the election, in which he is running as an incumbent. The action unfolds over one day and involves, according to a synopsis provided by the producers, 'civil marriage, gambling casinos, lesbians, American Indians, presidential libraries, questionable pardons and campaign contributions.'"

Mamet described the play to the Times as "three men in a room trying to work things out." The award-winning playwright says his inspiration for the play was the absurdity of the turkeys that are pardoned each Thanksgiving by the President.

November will be produced by Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel and will feature set design by Scott Pask. Nathan Lane, the Times says, is being considered for the role of the President.

A founder of the Atlantic Theater Company, David Mamet's principal works include The Duck Variations, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, American Buffalo, Glengarry Glen Ross (Pulitzer Prize), Boston Marriage, Edmond, Oleanna, Speed-the-Plow and The Cryptogram (Obie Award). He recently adapted The Voysey Inheritance for the Atlantic.

Mamet has also written and directed such films as "Spartan," "State and Main," "The Winslow Boy," "Heist," "House of Games" and "The Spanish Prisoner" and was nominated for Oscars for writing "Wag the Dog" and "The Verdict." He has also adapted many of his plays into films, and is a writer and executive producer for the TV series "The Unit."

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