Originally published in Compass, August 21, 2014
Mamet play to be staged in Stonington
A scene from ‘The Duck Variations,’ by David Mamet, featuring Judith Jerome, left, and Cherie Mason, with a performance scheduled for August 27 at 7 p.m.
Opera House Arts is offering a special tribute performance of its staged community reading of David Mamet’s The Duck Variations at the Stonington Opera House Wednesday, August 27, at 7 p.m. The performance stars Opera House Arts’ founding Artistic Director Judith Jerome and board member Cherie Mason, and the evening will include a tribute to Jerome, who retires as Artistic Director at the end of the 2014 season, continuing as a consultant for special projects, according to a news release.
The 1972 play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Mamet depicts a series of conversations between two elderly men (women in the OHA version) observing ducks from a park bench. The dialogue, ostensibly about ducks, expands to examine law, friendship, death, and the possibility of happiness.
OHA’s “Our Own” Community Playreading Series enters its 14th year in 2015, and the staged readings will be expanded to six productions including guest directors and artists. Everyone, regardless of experience, is encouraged to participate in the “Our Own” staged playreadings, which require only 15 hours of rehearsal time and no memorization. If interested in participating in these future presentations, email Linda Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.