Company D’s 20th production, Collected Stories by Donald Margulies will play in the Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1 from Tuesday February 4 till Saturday February 8 at 8pm. With Niamh Kavanagh and Noreen Fynes. Directed by David Scott.
After a sellout and critically acclaimed season in the Teachers Club earlier in the year, Company D’s production of Paul Godfrey’s Once in a While the Odd Thing Happens will be seen again at the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival on May 10th and 11th at 9:30pm in the James Joyce Centre, North Great Georges Street, Dublin. Then May 13-25 in the Viking Theatre, Connolly’s Pub (The Sheds) Clontarf at 8pm. Don’t miss this beautiful production celebrating the centenary of composer Benjamin Britten.
As its 16th production, Company D will produce David Mamet’s “Oleanna” from March 13th – March 24th , Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm in the Teachers Club Theatre, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1. A matinee will also play at 2pm on Saturday March 24th.
Mamet’s controversial 90’s two-hander penetrates the potential corruption inherent in sexual harassment accusations. John, a university professor in his early forties is about to be granted tenure and has structured his family life around the award, putting down a deposit on a new house for his family. Carol, one of his students has failed a paper and when she finds she cannot understand the concepts of the course, files a complaint with the tenure committee, accusing John of sexual impropriety, sexism and an abuse of his position, both as an older male and as an educator.
Mamet wrote in his 2010 book “Theatre” that one of his favourite plays is John Patrick-Shanley’s “Doubt”, citing the play’s genius as its ability to leave the ball squarely in the court of the audience. “Oleanna” serves a similar function, presenting both sides of an epic power struggle and allowing the audience to decide who is right and who is wrong, presenting no definitive opinion on the part of the dramatist. Who is right? Is Carol simply a bitter student, not intelligent enough to be at university, using her age and gender to destroy the professor who has failed her? Or is Carol right? Has John let his position go to his head, exercising his freedom to deviate and invent, patronising his female students and indulging his power to pass or fail, to grant and deny.
Aside from being brilliantly written and structured, “Oleanna” is a perfect piece of writing for Company D at this stage. Its ethic of giving opportunities to new actors sees the introduction of Sinead O’Riordan, a recent graduate of “The Applied Art of Acting”, the most intensive and advanced fulltime, single-technique actor-training program available in Ireland. It also gives “Applied Art of Acting” and Company D director, David Scott a rare opportunity to test his most cutting edge techniques on the stage. A former teacher and student go head-to-head in the roles of teacher and student, with absolutely no punches pulled!
The Applied Art of Acting 3 Month fulltime intensive program is up and running. 15 excellent students. Innovative single technique intensive for professional actors available right here in Dublin.
OEDIPUS NOVEMBER 9-20, Tuesday to Saturday in Smock Alley Boys School.
GROOMING VERONICA First two weeks of December. Teachers Club.
David has been made Director of the Performance Theatre Company Director at the Gaiety School of Acting.
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