Oleanna Criticism: Author Commentary - Essay

David Mamet

Criticism: Author Commentary

(Drama Criticism)

SOURCE: Mamet, David, and Charlie Rose. “On Theater, Politics and Tragedy.” In David Mamet in Conversation, edited by Leslie Kane, pp. 163-81. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2001.

[In the following interview, which was originally broadcast on the Charlie Rose Show on PBS in November 1994, Mamet discusses his career, elaborates on his reasons for writing Oleanna, and evaluates reactions to the play.]

Mamet's first live televised interview on the “Charlie Rose Show,” hosted by the New York-based cultural commentator, was a rare television appearance and the first of many interviews with Rose. Their wide-ranging discussion of...

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