Repertory shows at Little Theatre

04 August 2008

The directors and cast of Glengarry Glen Ross and Buried Child, two plays staged in tandem at the Little Theatre.

A unique repertory season of two plays, Glengarry Glen Ross and Buried Child, will be staged at the Little Theatre from 13-29 August.

The seven members of the company, aptly named The Mechanicals, will perform the two plays on alternate nights. This idea has rarely been practised in South Africa and The Mechanicals promise an exciting occasion of theatre entertainment.

The subjects of family and of real estate resonate strongly in contemporary lifestyles. Sam Shepard's 1979 Pulitzer-prizewinning play, Buried Child, pursues a familiar Shepard theme - the dysfunctional family. Set in an old family farmhouse in southern Illinois, Buried Child explores questions of individual identity and one's role within a family.

David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross (1984 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award) shows parts of two days in the lives of four desperate Chicago real estate agents. The play draws partly on Mamet's experiences of life in a Chicago real estate office, where he worked briefly in the late 1960's.

UCT's Associate Professor Christopher Weare directs Buried Child, while Glengarry Glen Ross is helmed by graduate Luke Ellenbogen.

Bookings for the plays in repertory can be made at 021 480 7129 or email Susan Cole.

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