Whittier College News Release

For Immediate Release - November 16, 1998
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Whittier College presents David Mamet's "Speed-The-Plow"

WHAT: A staged production of David Mamet's "Speed-The-Plow"

WHEN: 8:00 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, December 2-5 and 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 6

WHERE: The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College
13406 Philadelphia St., Whittier

COST: $8.00 general / $6.00 students and seniors

ADD:Considered one of David Mamet's best plays, "Speed-The-Plow" is a twisted and tangled web of friendship, loyalty, idealism, sex and ambition in the business of Hollywood show business. Charlie Fox brings Bobby Gould, his friend and head of a film production company, a cliched movie script they both think will force them in the limelight--the only thing they have to do is pitch it to the studio boss. Karen--a temp secretary fixed-up to Bobby by Charlie--tries to persuade Bobby to persue a different project. With Karen's convincing arguments, Bobby begins to listen to her. The theme of "Speed-The-Plow" does not emerge until the final act as Charlie tries to salvage his project, his career and his friendship by attacking the relationship between Bobby and Karen.
The New York Times called the play "Hilarious and chilling with dialogue that skyrockets." The original Broadway cast included Joe Mantegna, Ron Silver and Madonna, while the current and very talented Whittier cast includes senior Brandon Sharkey as Charlie Fox, junior Nathan Gurr as Bobby Gould and sophomore Campbell Horton as Karen. Directed by Jack DeVries, professor of theater arts, "Speed-The-Plow"--because of adult themes and language--is not recommended for children.

INFORMATION: (562) 907-4203

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