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The Anarchist - Broadway

Patti LuPone and Debra Winger star in the world premiere of David Mamet's new play.


What Is the Story of The Anarchist?
Set behind bars, David Mamet's new play centers on Cathy, who is serving an indeterminate sentence for a crime she committed in her youth, and Ann, her state parole liaison. After spending 35 years in prison, Cathy has found God and would like to be released so she can see her dying father and dedicate her life to serving others. Ann, who is on the verge of retirement, holds Cathy's fate in her hands and must try to ferret out the truth behind the prisoner's plea for freedom.

Should I See It?

What is The Anarchist Like?
Written and directed by David Mamet, The Anarchist is a 70-minute conversation between the characters of Cathy (two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone) and Ann (Oscar nominee Debra Winger in her Broadway debut). The entirety of the one-act drama takes place inside a prison office as the two women engage in verbal jousting over the power of the American justice system and the nature of rehabilitation. This thought-provoking piece may resonate most with theatergoers who recall the violent tactics of '60s radicals and revel in discussions of morality.

Is The Anarchist good for kids?
No. The themes and language of The Anarchist are too adult and too difficult to comprehend for young theatergoers.