Oleanna

Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles star in David Mamet's classic.

Story

This drama is an explosive two-character power struggle between a university professor and a student failing his course. When the student confronts the professor (who is up for tenure), a breakdown in communication results in an outrageous accusation and a range of emotions from confusion to pity to rage. Written as a response to the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings in 1992, this work is often cited as being about sexual harassment and political correctness, though the playwright leaves many questions unanswered.

Should I See It?

What is Oleanna Like?
A tight 80-minute piece, Oleanna is sure to stimulate the audience into impassioned discourse about power, gender, class and political correctness. And it is designed to do just that. If you are interested in riveting drama that is not afraid to reveal the ugly underbelly of human interaction, this show is for you.

Is Oleanna Good for Kids?
Oleanna is a war of words, and those words can be incredibly harsh. This show is for older teens only—the subject matter (sexual harrassment), foul language and eventual physical violence of the production is not appropriate for youngsters.

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