Oleanna

Production details

  • Venue
  • The White Bear
  • Production company
  • Firebrand Productions
  • Performance dates
  • 18 February–14 March 1999
  • Written by
  • David Mamet
  • Directed by
  • Ken Bentley
  • Set design
  • Nick Bligh

Cast

  • John
  • John Peters
  • Carol
  • Michelle Witton

    Synopsis

    A female student meets her university professor in his office to discuss her course work. She subsequently accuses him of sexual harassment.

    David Mamet is the award-winning author of numerous plays including Glengarry Glen Ross (1984 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award), American Buffalo, and Boston Marriage. His screenplays include The Verdict and The Untouchables.

    Bentley’s analytical direction studiously exposes the play’s micro and macro mechanisms, carefully ascribing physical mannerisms to verbal inflections. It is a meticulous task which Michelle Witton and John Peters not only carry off, but also naturalise. Peters embodies the rhythm of the dialogue right down to his digits as the pompous prof, and Witton is all winsome, tortured malice as his butter-wouldn’t-melt student.
    — Time Out