Speed-the-Plow Director Gives Interview
By John Wharton
The hit play Speed-the-Plow is a satirical dissection of the American movie business, a theme the play’s author, David Mamet, would revisit in his later film Wag the Dog. Both scripts appeal to those enjoying stories about the darker side of politics, Hollywood, and the blurred lines between them.
This week, Shelter presents a staged reading of Mamet’s 1988 Broadway wry comedy, starring John Wharton, Fred Dannen, and Joselyn Sunshine.
We recently interviewed Director Matt Peterson about the upcoming production.
Shelter: Why did you choose Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet?
MP: I wanted to revisit a work that represents the male-dominated world of the unenlightened past. Not that there isn’t male domination today, but in the pre-‘Me-Too’ era, Hollywood was clearly male-dominated throughout the twentieth century.
Shelter: What is the most important thing about this play?
MP: The notion that noble ideals are essential to uphold in one’s actions.
Shelter: What is your motivation for bringing this show to San Miguel audiences?
MP: The show is fun and educational. Since human beings are constantly doing stupid things, at least we should try to be entertained by them!
Jack Kroll of Newsweek describes Speed-the-Plow as a “tone poem by our nation’s foremost master of the language of moral epilepsy,” while the Chicago Sun Times calls it, “a savage parable of film-industry deal-making…as fresh today as on its debut…gleeful sophistry between bottom-feeding execs.”
If you like black comedy, this is one live show you’ll love!
Friday, May 3 at 5pm: Don’t miss your chance to see Leonard Cohen on our big screen, performing his Live in London concert! Says the Chicago Tribune about one of Canada’s greatest musical talents, “His songs were always beautiful, but here, in his later years, the elements of the melodies which were always present have been lovingly teased out.” Come watch all Cohen’s hits up close and very personal.
Every Tuesday at 7pm: Open Mic. You don’t need to perform, but if you want your ten minutes of fame, then this is the place for you! It’s a different group of amateurs and professionals week by week. You can do (almost) anything you want for your ten minutes. Eighty pesos for audience and 60 pesos for performers (includes a drink).
Shelter Theater is an easy 10-minute walk down from the Jardín! Visit sheltervg4.com for our map, events, and for online tickets. Send questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Find our logo on the Que Pasa map in the upper left-hand corner. Tickets are also available at the Biblioteca gift shop, Tesoros.
Fri, Apr 26, 7pm
Sat, Apr 27, 3pm
Tue, Apr 30, 7pm
80 pesos (includes drink)
Concert on Screen
Leonard Cohen Live in London
Fri, May 3, 5pm
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