David Alan Mamet (//; born November 30, 1947) is an American playwright, filmmaker, and author. He won a Pulitzer Prize and received Tony nominations for his plays Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) and Speed-the-Plow (1988). He first gained critical acclaim for a trio of off-Broadway 1970s plays: The Duck Variations, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and American Buffalo. His plays Race and The Penitent, respectively, opened on Broadway in 2009 and previewed off-Broadway in 2017.
|Born||November 30, 1947|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Education||Goddard College (BA)|
|Notable works||The Duck Variations (1971)|
Sexual Perversity in Chicago (1974)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1983)
|Children||4, including Zosia Mamet and Clara Mamet|
Feature films that Mamet both wrote and directed include House of Games (1987), Homicide (1991), The Spanish Prisoner (1997), and his biggest commercial success, Heist (2001). His screenwriting credits include The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), The Verdict (1982), The Untouchables (1987), Hoffa (1992), Wag the Dog (1997), and Hannibal (2001). Mamet himself wrote the screenplay for the 1992 adaptation of Glengarry Glen Ross, and wrote and directed the 1994 adaptation of his play Oleanna (1992). He created and produced the CBS series The Unit (2006–2009).
Mamet's books include: On Directing Film (1991), a commentary and dialogue about film-making; The Old Religion (1997), a novel about the lynching of Leo Frank; Five Cities of Refuge: Weekly Reflections on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy (2004), a Torah commentary with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner; The Wicked Son (2006), a study of Jewish self-hatred and antisemitism; Bambi vs. Godzilla, a commentary on the movie business; The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture (2011), a commentary on cultural and political issues; and Three War Stories (2013), a trio of novellas about the physical and psychological effects of war.
Early life edit
Mamet was born in 1947 in Chicago to Lenore June (née Silver), a teacher, and Bernard Morris Mamet, a labor attorney. He is Jewish. His paternal grandparents were Polish Jews. Mamet has said his parents were communists and described himself as a red diaper baby. One of his earliest jobs was as a busboy at Chicago's London House and The Second City. He also worked as an actor, editor for Oui magazine and as a cab-driver. He was educated at the progressive Francis W. Parker School and at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. At the Chicago Public Library Foundation 20th anniversary fundraiser in 2006, though, Mamet announced "My alma mater is the Chicago Public Library. I got what little educational foundation I got in the third-floor reading room, under the tutelage of a Coca-Cola sign".
After a move to Chicago's North Side, Mamet encountered theater director Robert Sickinger, and began to work occasionally at Sickinger's Hull House Theatre. This represented the beginning of Mamet's lifelong involvement with the theater.
Mamet is a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company; he first gained acclaim for a trio of off-Broadway plays in 1976, The Duck Variations, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and American Buffalo. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for Glengarry Glen Ross, which received its first Broadway revival in the summer of 2005. His play Race, which opened on Broadway on December 6, 2009 and featured James Spader, David Alan Grier, Kerry Washington, and Richard Thomas in the cast, received mixed reviews. His play The Anarchist, starring Patti LuPone and Debra Winger, in her Broadway debut, opened on Broadway on November 13, 2012 in previews and was scheduled to close on December 16, 2012. His 2017 play The Penitent previewed off-Broadway on February 8, 2017.
In 2017, Mamet released an online class for writers entitled David Mamet teaches dramatic writing.
Mamet's first film work was as a screenwriter, later directing his own scripts.
Mamet's first produced screenplay was the 1981 production of The Postman Always Rings Twice, based on James M. Cain's novel. He received an Academy Award nomination one year later for the 1982 legal drama, The Verdict. He also wrote the screenplays for The Untouchables (1987), Hoffa (1992), The Edge (1997), Wag the Dog (1997), Ronin (1998), and Hannibal (2001). He received a second Academy Award nomination for Wag the Dog.
In 1987, Mamet made his film directing debut with his screenplay House of Games, which won Best Screenplay awards at the 1987 Venice Film Festival and the Film of the Year in 1989 from the London Film Critics' Circle Awards. The film starred his then-wife, Lindsay Crouse, and many longtime stage associates and friends, including fellow Goddard College graduates. Mamet was quoted as saying, "It was my first film as a director and I needed support, so I stacked the deck." After House of Games, Mamet later wrote and directed two more films focusing on the world of con artists, The Spanish Prisoner (1997) and Heist (2001). Among those films, Heist enjoyed the biggest commercial success.
Other films that Mamet both wrote and directed include: Things Change (1988), Homicide (1991) (nominated for the Palme d'Or at 1991 Cannes Film Festival and won a "Screenwriter of the Year" award for Mamet from the London Film Critics' Circle Awards), Oleanna (1994), The Winslow Boy (1999), State and Main (2000), Spartan (2004), Redbelt (2008), and the 2013 bio-pic TV movie Phil Spector.
A feature-length film, a thriller titled Blackbird, was intended for release in 2015, but is still in development.
Mamet rewrote the script for Ronin under the pseudonym "Richard Weisz" and turned in an early version of a script for Malcolm X which was rejected by director Spike Lee. Mamet also wrote an unproduced biopic script about Roscoe Arbuckle with Chris Farley intended to portray him. In 2000, Mamet directed a film version of Catastrophe, a one-act play by Samuel Beckett featuring Harold Pinter and John Gielgud (in his final screen performance). In 2008, he wrote and directed the mixed martial arts movie Redbelt, about a martial arts instructor tricked into fighting in a professional bout.
In On Directing Film, Mamet advocates for a method of storytelling based on Eisenstein's montage theory, stating that the story should be told through the juxtaposition of uninflected images. This method relies heavily on the cut between scenes, and Mamet urges directors to eliminate as much narration as possible. Mamet asserts that directors should focus on getting the point of a scene across, rather than simply following a protagonist, or adding visually beautiful or intriguing shots. Films should create order from disorder in search of the objective.
In 2023, reports emerged that Mamet would direct and co-write a new film titled Assassination, his first film since 2008. The film will center around the Chicago Mob ordering the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and will star Viggo Mortensen, Shia LaBeouf, Courtney Love, Al Pacino, and John Travolta. The film's production is scheduled to start in September 2023.
Mamet published the essay collection Writing in Restaurants in 1986, followed by the poetry collection The Hero Pony in 1990. He has also published a series of short plays, monologues and four novels, The Village (1994), The Old Religion (1997), Wilson: A Consideration of the Sources (2000), and Chicago (2018). He has written several non-fiction texts, and children's stories, including True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor (1997). In 2004 he published a lauded version of the classical Faust story, Faustus, however, when the play was staged in San Francisco during the spring of 2004, it was not well received by critics. On May 1, 2010, Mamet released a graphic novel The Trials of Roderick Spode (The Human Ant).
Mamet detailed his conversion from modern liberalism to "a reformed liberal" in The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture in 2011. Mamet published Three War Stories, a collection of novellas, in 2013 ; the novel The Diary of a Porn Star by Priscilla Wriston-Ranger: As Told to David Mamet With an Afterword by Mr. Mamet in 2019; and the political commentary Recessional: The Death of Free Speech and the Cost of a Free Lunch in 2022.
Television and radio edit
Mamet wrote one episode of Hill Street Blues, "A Wasted Weekend", that aired in 1987. His then-wife, Lindsay Crouse, appeared in numerous episodes (including that one) as Officer McBride. Mamet is also the creator, producer and frequent writer of the television series The Unit, where he wrote a well-circulated memo to the writing staff. He directed a third-season episode of The Shield with Shawn Ryan. In 2007, Mamet directed two television commercials for Ford Motor Company. The two 30-second ads featured the Ford Edge and were filmed in Mamet's signature style of fast-paced dialogue and clear, simple imagery. Mamet's sister, Lynn, is a producer and writer for television shows, such as The Unit and Law & Order.
Mamet has contributed several dramas to BBC Radio through Jarvis & Ayres Productions, including an adaptation of Glengarry Glen Ross for BBC Radio 3 and new dramas for BBC Radio 4. The comedy Keep Your Pantheon (or On the Whole I'd Rather Be in Mesopotamia) was aired in 2007. The Christopher Boy's Communion was another Jarvis & Ayres production, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on March 8, 2021.
The papers of David Mamet were sold to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin in 2007 and first opened for research in 2009. The growing collection consists mainly of manuscripts and related production materials for most of his plays, films, and other writings, but also includes his personal journals from 1966 to 2005. In 2015, the Ransom Center secured a second major addition to Mamet's papers, including more recent works. Additional materials relating to Mamet and his career can be found in the Ransom Center's collections of Robert De Niro, Mel Gussow, Tom Stoppard, Sam Shepard, Paul Schrader, Don DeLillo, and John Russell Brown.
Critical reception edit
Mamet speak edit
Mamet's style of writing dialogue, marked by a cynical, street-smart edge, has come to be called Mamet speak. Mamet himself has criticized his (and other writers') tendency to write "pretty" at the expense of sound, logical plots. When asked how he developed his style for writing dialogue, Mamet said, "In my family, in the days prior to television, we liked to while away the evenings by making ourselves miserable, based solely on our ability to speak the language viciously. That's probably where my ability was honed."
Gender issues edit
Mamet's plays have frequently sparked debate and controversy. Following a 1992 staging of Oleanna, a play in which a college student accuses her professor of trying to rape her, a critic reported that the play divided the audience by gender and recounted that "couples emerged screaming at each other".
In his 2014 book David Mamet and Male Friendship, Arthur Holmberg examined Mamet's portrayal of male friendships, especially focusing on the contradictions and ambiguities of male bonding as dramatized in Mamet's plays and films.
Personal life edit
Mamet and actress Lindsay Crouse married in 1977 and divorced in 1990. The couple have two children. Mamet has been married to actress and singer-songwriter Rebecca Pidgeon since 1991, and they have two children. Mamet and Pidgeon live in Santa Monica, California.
Political views edit
In 2005, Mamet became a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post, drawing satirical cartoons with themes including political strife in Israel. In a 2008 essay at The Village Voice titled "Why I Am No Longer a 'Brain-Dead Liberal'" he discussed how his political views had shifted from liberalism to conservatism. In interviews, Mamet has highlighted his agreement with free market theorists such as Friedrich Hayek, the historian Paul Johnson, and economist Thomas Sowell, whom Mamet called "one of our greatest minds". In 2022, Mamet declined to explicitly label himself a Republican, but described himself as a conservative who "would like to conserve those things I grew up with: the love of family, the love of the country, love of service, love of God, love of community".
During promotion of a book, Mamet said British people had "a taint of anti-semitism," claiming they "want to give [Israel] away to some people whose claim is rather dubious." In the same interview, Mamet went on to say that "there are famous dramatists and novelists [in the UK] whose works are full of anti-Semitic filth." He refused to give examples because of British libel laws (the interview was conducted in New York City for the Financial Times). He is known for his pro-Israel positions; in his book The Secret Knowledge he claimed that "Israelis would like to live in peace within their borders; the Arabs would like to kill them all."
In an essay for Newsweek, published on January 29, 2013, Mamet argued against gun control laws: "It was intended to guard us against this inevitable decay of government that the Constitution was written. Its purpose was and is not to enthrone a Government superior to an imperfect and confused electorate, but to protect us from such a government."
Mamet has described the NFL anthem protests as "absolutely fucking despicable". In a 2020 interview, he described Donald Trump as a "great president" and supported his re-election. After Trump lost the election, Mamet appeared to endorse claims that the election had been illegitimate in his 2022 book Recessional: The Death of Free Speech and the Cost of a Free Lunch, though shortly after its publication, he said he "misspoke" on the subject.
In 2022, Mamet made comments in support of Florida's Parental Rights in Education Act, called the "Don't Say Gay" bill by its critics, which restricts what public school teachers in Florida can discuss with children in kindergarten through third grade about sexual orientation and gender identity. In an interview with Fox News, Mamet claimed that the law was necessary because teachers "are abusing [children] mentally and using sex to do so", further alleging that "teachers are inclined, particularly men because men are predators, to pedophilia".
- Lakeboat (1970)
- The Duck Variations (1972)
- Lone Canoe (1972)
- Sexual Perversity in Chicago (1974)
- Squirrels (1974)
- American Buffalo (1975)
- Reunion (1976)
- The Water Engine (1976)
- A Life in the Theatre (1977)
- The Woods (1977)
- The Revenge of the Space Pandas, or Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock (1978)
- Mr. Happiness (1978)
- Prairie du Chien (1979)
- The Blue Hour (1979)
- Lakeboat (revision) (1980)
- Edmond (1982)
- The Frog Prince (1983)
- Glengarry Glen Ross (1983)
- The Shawl (1985)
- Goldberg Street: Short Plays and Monologues (1985)
- The Poet & The Rent (1986)
- Speed-the-Plow (1988)
- Bobby Gould in Hell (1989)
- Oleanna (1992)
- The Cryptogram (1994)
- The Old Neighborhood (1997)
- Boston Marriage (1999)
- Faustus (2004)
- Romance (2005)
- The Voysey Inheritance (adaptation) (2005)
- Keep Your Pantheon (2007)
- November (2007)
- The Vikings and Darwin (2008)
- Race (2009)
- School (2009)
- The Anarchist (2012)
- China Doll (2015)
- The Penitent (2017)
- Bitter Wheat (2019)
- The Christopher Boy's Communion (2020)
- Henry Johnson (2023)
|1981||The Postman Always Rings Twice||No||Yes|
|House of Games||Yes||Yes|
|1989||We're No Angels||No||Yes|
|1992||Glengarry Glen Ross||No||Yes||Also based on his play|
|Hoffa||No||Yes||Also associate producer|
|1994||Oleanna||Yes||Yes||Also based on his play|
|1997||The Spanish Prisoner||Yes||Yes|
|Wag the Dog||No||Yes|
|1998||Ronin||No||Yes||Credited as "Richard Weisz"|
|1999||The Winslow Boy||Yes||Yes|
|2000||Lakeboat||No||Yes||Also based on his play|
|State and Main||Yes||Yes|
|2005||Edmond||No||Yes||Also based on his play|
|2023||The Penitent - A Rational Man||No||Yes||Also based on his play|
|2010||Lost Masterpieces of Pornography||Yes||Yes|
|Inside the Actor's Workshop||Yes||Yes|
|1987||Hill Street Blues||No||Yes||No||TV Series|
Episode "A Wasted Weekend"
|1992||The Water Engine||No||Yes||No||TV Movie|
Also based on his play
|1993||A Life in the Theatre||No||Yes||Yes|
|1996||Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants||Yes||No||No||TV Special|
|2004||The Shield||Yes||No||No||TV Series|
|2006-2009||The Unit||Yes||Yes||Yes||TV Series; also creator|
Directed 4 episodes and wrote 11 episodes
|2013||Phil Spector||Yes||Yes||Yes||TV Movie|
|1987||Black Widow||Herb||Theatrical feature film|
|1992||The Water Engine||Brown Haired Man||TV Movie|
|1996||Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist||Himself (voice)||TV animated series|
Episode: "New Telephone System"
|2011||The Simpsons||TV animated series|
Episode: "Homer the Father"
|2023||Beau is Afraid||Rabbi (voice)||Theatrical feature film|
- Ace in the Hole remake (1990) – Script for Brian De Palma to direct
- Charlie Chan in Horse and Rider (1992) – Script for Warner Bros.
- Ordinary Daylight (1992) – Adaptation of the memoir, for Warner Bros.
- High and Low remake (1993) – Script for Martin Scorsese to direct
- Joan of Bark: The Dog That Saved France (2004) - Writer/director, for Columbia Pictures
- The Diary of Anne Frank (2009) - Adaptation of the novel, for Disney Pictures
- Have Gun – Will Travel TV series reboot (2013) – Writer/director, for CBS
- Blackbird (2013) – Writer/director
- 7 Deadly Sins TV miniseries (2013) – Writer/director, for Fox
- Speed-the-Plow film adaptation (2016) – Writer/director
- The Force (2017) – Adaptation of the novel, for James Mangold to direct
- Writing in Restaurants (1987)
- Some Freaks (1989)
- On Directing Film (1991)
- The Cabin: Reminiscence and Diversions (1992)
- The Village (1994)
- A Whore's Profession (1994)
- Make-Believe Town: Essays and Remembraces (1996)
- The Old Religion (1997)
- Three Uses of the Knife (1998)
- True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor (1999)
- The Chinaman (1999)
- Jafsie and John Henry: Essays (1999)
- Wilson: A Consideration of the Sources (2000)
- South of the Northeast Kingdom (2002)
- Five Cities of Refuge: Weekly Reflections on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy (with Lawrence Kushner) (2003)
- The Wicked Son: Anti-Semitism, Self-hatred, and the Jews (2006)
- Bambi Vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business (2007)
- Theatre (2010)
- The Trials of Roderick Spode (The Human Ant) (2010)
- The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture (2011)
- Three War Stories (2013)
- Chicago (2018)
- The Diary of a Porn Star by Priscilla Wriston-Ranger: As Told to David Mamet With an Afterword by Mr. Mamet (2019)
- Recessional: The Death of Free Speech and the Cost of a Free Lunch (2022)
Awards and nominations edit
|1977||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Play||American Buffalo||Nominated|
|New York Drama Critics' Circle||Best American Play||Won|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Play||The Water Engine||Nominated|
|1984||Glengarry Glen Ross||Nominated|
|Tony Award||Best Play||Nominated|
|New York Drama Critics' Circle||Best American Play||Won|
|1988||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Play||Speed-the-Plow||Nominated|
|Tony Award||Best Play||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Play||Oleanna||Nominated|
|Academy Award||Best Adapted Screenplay||The Verdict||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Award||Best Screenplay||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Award||House of Games||Nominated|
|1997||Golden Globe Award||Wag the Dog||Nominated|
|Academy Award||Best Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|BAFTA Award||Best Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|2013||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Miniseries or Movie||Phil Spector||Nominated|
|Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special||Nominated|
|Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special||Nominated|
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- Life magazine (Oct. 1987, V. 10 No. 11)
- "Box Office Analysis: Nov. 11". November 11, 2001. Archived from the original on September 21, 2015.
- "Heist". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 19, 2009.
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For Farley, the projects that could have pulled him out of a steep professional downward spiral were a plucky animated comedy called Shrek and a David Mamet-penned biopic of Fatty Arbuckle.
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- von Buchau, Stephanie. "Dr. Faustus". TheaterMania. Archived from the original on October 23, 2004. Retrieved March 13, 2004.
- "C-SPAN Video: The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture".
- "The Diary of a Porn Star by Priscilla Wriston-Ranger: As Told to David Mamet with an Afterword by Mr. Mamet".
- "David Mamet: An Inventory of His Papers at the Harry Ransom Center". norman.hrc.utexas.edu. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
- A Companion to Twentieth-century American Drama, David Krasner, Blackwell Publishing, 2005, p. 410
- Mamet, David (1987). Writing in Restaurants. Penguin. ISBN 9780140089813.
- Stephen Randall, ed. (2006). "David Mamet: April 1996, interviewed by Geoffrey Norman and John Rezek". The Playboy Interviews: The Directors. M Press. p. 276.
- Alberge, Dalya (July 8, 2017). "David Mamet's $25,000 threat to theatres over post-show talks". The Guardian. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
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- Holmberg, Arthur (2014). David Mamet and Male Friendship, 276 pages, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 978-1137305183.
- "An Interview With David Mamet on Israel and Zionism". haaretz.com. January 13, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
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- "A liberal recants". The Economist. June 16, 2011.
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- Fleming, Mike Jr. (June 20, 2017). "David Mamet In Talks To Adapt Don Winslow NYPD Novel 'The Force' For James Mangold". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
- Mamet, David. "Recessional: The Death of Free Speech and the Cost of a Free Lunch'". HarperCollins. Retrieved April 4, 2022.
Further reading edit
- David Mamet (February 12, 2007). "David Mamet: Bambi vs. Godzilla". The Leonard Lopate Show (Interview). Interviewed by Leonard Lopate. New York: WNYC. Retrieved December 23, 2008.
- Radavich, David. "Man among Men: David Mamet's Homosocial Order". American Drama 1:1 (Fall 1991): 46–60.
- Radavich, David. "Rabe, Mamet, Shepard, and Wilson: Mid-American Male Dramatists of the 1970s and '80s". The Midwest Quarterly XLVIII: 3 (Spring 2007): 342–58.