Saturday, June 15, 2024

Famed Playwright David Mamet Says He’s Written a Play About Harvey Weinstein


Famed playwright David Mamet, winner of the Pulitzer Prize,  is not known for writing sympathetic parts for women. Indeed, most of his famous plays, like “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “A Life in the Theater,” and “Speed-the-Plow” are rather unkind to women or have no women at all.

So he’s an interesting choice to write a play about Harvey Weinstein, the movie mogul under fire for charges of rape and sexual misconduct. But in a new interview in the Chicago Tribune, Mamet says he’s written such a play.

He says: “I was talking with my Broadway producer and he said, ‘Why don’t you write a play about Harvey Weinstein?’ And so I did.” Reporter Rick Kogan observes that the finished play is sitting on Mamet’s Santa Monica kitchen table.

The producer who suggested it is not, from Mamet’s description, Scott Rudin, who has had a twenty year antipathy toward Weinstein. No, Mamet’s producer is Jeffrey Richards, and I guess in good time we’ll be hearing more about this.

Just to note: Mamet has a new novel out called “Chicago.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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