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Sun 19 Jul 2009

Oleanna: Tickets are now on sale for Mamet's play, staring Bill Pullman & Julia Stiles

Tickets are now on sale for the Broadway premiere of Oleanna, the drama by Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet.

Starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, with direction by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes, the play tells of a power struggle between a male university professor and one of his female students. The Broadway production will open at the John Golden Theatre on 11 Oct 2009, following previews from 29 Sep 2009.

Julia Stiles (Carol) & Bill Pullman (John)

This new production of Oleanna recently premiered in Los Angeles to rave reviews at the Mark Taper Forum on 5 Jun 2009. The L.A. engagement is presented by Center Theatre Group by special arrangement with Jeffrey Finn, and is currently playing throughto 12 Jul 2009.

Critics said of the production: �A Prize Fight! You can�t argue with a play that retains the power to get theatergoers arguing with each other as they head home. Oleanna hasn�t lost its power to rile an audience.� (Los Angeles Times); �Dynamite Theater! Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles are RIVETING together under Doug Hughes� taut direction. Mamet�s dialogue flies between the two characters like a shattered pane of glass, each fragment finding its mark and leaving a speck of blood.� (Hollywood Reporter); "Brilliant acting and Doug Hughes� canny helming fully animate David Mamet�s galvanic play" (Variety).

The Broadway production will feature the same creative team, including scenic design by Neil Patel, costume design by four-time Tony Award winner Catherine Zuber, lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Donald Holder and fight direction by Rick Sordelet. Production Stage Manager is Charles Means.

Following a world premiere in May 1992 as the first production of David Mamet�s Back Bay Theater Company in Cambridge, MA and starring William H. Macy and Rebecca Pidgeon, Oleanna had its New York premiere Off-Broadway at The Orpheum Theatre on 23 Oct 1992. Directed by Mamet and again starring Macy and Pidgeon, the production ran 513 performances

Some of the many other notable major productions of Oleanna include the London premiere at The Royal Court Theatre (1993, directed by Harold Pinter, starring David Suchet and Lia Williams), the Australian premiere with the Sydney Theatre Company (1993, directed by Michael Gow, starring Geoffrey Rush and Cate Blanchett) and a London revival at the Garrick Theatre (2004, directed by Lindsay Posner, starring Aaron Ecklhart and Ms. Stiles).

A film version, adapted and directed by Mamet and starring William H. Macyy and Debra Eisenstadt, was released nation-wide on 4 Nov 1994.

Bill Pullman (John) made his Broadway debut in 'The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?' (2002), Oleanna will be his second appearance on Broadway. Hisfilms include 'Ruthless People,' 'Spaceballs,' 'Casper,' 'The Serpent and the Rainbow,' 'The Accidental Tourist,' 'Igby Goes Down,' 'Sleepless in Seattle,' 'While You Were Sleeping,' 'Independence Day,' 'Malice,' 'The Virginian,' 'Wyatt Earp,' 'The Last Seduction,' 'Lost Highway,' 'The Zero Effect,' 'The Grudge' and the current 'Surveillance. '

Julia Stiles (Carol) originally appeared in Oleanna in a separate production opposite Aaron Eckhart at the Garrick Theatre in London�s West End in 2004. Other stage credits include 'Viola' in 'Twelfth Night' for the Public Theater, and opposite Mia Farrow in James Lapine�s 'Fran�s Bed' at Playwrights Horizons. Stiles first worked with David Mamet in his film 'State and Main,' as well as in the film adaptation of Mamet�s play 'Edmond.' Stiles earned critical praise starring in Patrick Stettner�s independent feature, 'The Business of Strangers,' opposite Stockard Channing. The film premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.

David Mamet (Playwright) is the acclaimed and award-winning author of numerous plays including 'Glengarry Glen Ross' (1984 Pulitzer Prize and 2005 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play), 'American Buffalo,' 'Boston Marriage,' 'November,' 'Speed-The-Plow' and 'The Cryptogram.' His new play 'Race' will debut on Broadway this fall and he�ll also be represented Off-Broadway with a double bill of one-act plays at The Atlantic Theater Company. He has written the screenplays for such films as 'The Verdict,' 'The Untouchables,' 'Wag the Dog' and his own adaptation of Oleanna, and has twice been nominated for an Academy Award. He is co-creator and Executive Producer of the CBS hit series �The Unit,� and is a Founding Member of The Atlantic.

Doug Hughes (Director) won Tony a Award for his direction of 'Doubt.' His other Broadway credits include 'A Man for All Seasons,' 'Mauritius,' 'Inherit the Wind,' 'A Touch of the Poet,' 'A Naked Girl on the Appian Way' and 'Frozen' (Tony, O nomination). Off-Broadway work includes 'Farragut North' (Atlantic Theater Company); 'Howard Katz,' 'The Paris Letter' and 'McReele' (Roundabout). This fall he�ll direct a Broadway revival of The Royal Family for the Manhattan Theatre Club.

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