First produced 1992 (stage), 1994 (film) starring William H. Macy & Rebecca Pidgeon. Oleanna was controversial on release and remains so, as it deals with issues of sexual harassment and rape. Mamet’s interest in these themes arose out of the media circus surrounding the nomination of American Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas. The play features two characters John and Carol – a university lecturer and his student, whose mutual misunderstandings and power plays descend into dark accusations and violence.
This is the first in a new series for Radiomade.ie. ‘Reading Plays‘ is a discussion show, featuring Gareth Stack and James Van De Waal. Each week we do a close reading of a modern play, discussing it’s merits, themes, issues raised, and so on. You can play along by reading or watching a production of the play before you listen to the show.
Next weeks play – ‘The Lonesome West‘ by Martin McDonagh.
Download: Reading Plays – Episode 1 – Oleanna