Is it sufficient to destroy a family?
by David Mamet
Thomas H. Empey Studio Theatre
Gertrude Krampert Theatre Complex
• Directed by Tom Empey
The play stars William Conte as John, a university professor, and Tricia Lovelace as Carol, a female college student. Written by Mamet in 1992 in response to the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings, the play looks at the issue of “sexual harassment, political correctness, and those who feel the that the American system entitles them to certain guarantees of success no matter their background nor how hard they have worked,” said Empey.
“Anyone can make an accusation and ruin someone’s career, and in this play, Mamet presents both sides; both characters are telling the truth from their own viewpoint,” said Empey. The play, originally set in 1992 has been moved to 2013 for the Casper College production. “It has been very important that we get all the things in this play to relate to an audience. There is great word play between these two people,” Empey added.
According to Empey, Conte approached him in mid-March “to ask if I would be interested in directing this production of ‘Oleanna.’ I jumped at the chance for several reasons: I had the time before moving from Casper; it was a chance to work closely with Bill, who for three years has filled my instructor position at Casper College; it was a chance to work in the theatre that bear’s my name where I had only ever done one play; and, most of all, it was a chance to work on a play by David Mamet, one of America’s leading and most challenging playwrights.”
May 17-19, 23-25, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
• Matinee, May 19 and 26, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.