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       October 17 - November 2, 2014

CLOSED:  David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow. Join Us for On Golden Pond, Opening November 28!

David Mamet’s intricate comedy about getting films greenlighted in Hollywood is as sharp and cutting as the day it premiered on Broadway in 1988. Producer Bobby Gould must decide whether to give the go ahead to yet another bad action flick guaranteed to be a blockbuster . . . OR to produce an earnest, apocalyptic novel that could change his life but will almost certainly flop. A masterwork skewering of the film industry, SPEED-THE-PLOW is a hilarious close-up of art being sacrificed to commerce in a market where, as Gould puts it, “it’s our business to make what everyone else was making last year.”

USA Today called the play “an electric night of theater… with unpredictable tensions between sex and power, ideas and ambitions, and gaining insight and getting ahead …”

When asked about the title in an interview with The Chicago Tribune, playwright David Mamet explained, “I remembered the saying that you see on a lot of old plates and mugs: 'Industry produces wealth, God speed the plow.' This, I knew, was a play about work and about the end of the world, so 'Speed-the-Plow' was perfect because not only did it mean work, it meant having to plow under and start over again.”

Mamet would revisit his satirical dissection of the American movie business later in his films Wag the Dog (1997) and State and Main (2000).

The Studio’s production features some excellent local talent with Studio member Jesse Ramlawi playing the role of Bobby Gould, Franc Gaxiola portraying Charlie Fox and Heather Cambanes, newly returned to the Valley from New York, taking on the role of Karen.

Director Richard Hardt, whose last show for Theatre Artists Studio was the Arizona premiere of MAPLE and VINE in 2013, calls Mamet’s play “a masterwork of the modern American Theatre. It’s at the same time very funny and sharply critical. There is a musical rhythm to the language in SPEED-THE-PLOW, a joyful savagery in the way it bares open human nature and the struggle within each of us to create something beautiful within our lives, or go for the thing that’s safe, and let’s face it, profitable. The conflict in SPEED-THE-PLOW resonates. We all go through this struggle at one level or another, we all make choices between what we believe is right and practicality, between our need to create and our need for comfort. The choices we make define us.”

Theatre Artists Studio presented David Mamet’s dark comedy, SPEED-THE-PLOW, from October 17 through November 2 at The Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd, #406, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. Show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm.

Tickets are $20 for General Admission; $10 for Students 25 & Under and $15 for Groups of 10 or More, Seniors 65 & Over & Members of the Military (active or retired).

NOTE:  This show contains mature language and content.

Speed the Plow, October 17 - November 2, 2014



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