Playwright Bars Gender-Bending Performance

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet granted and then later refused dramatic license for his “Goldberg Street” plays and monologues after he learned that female actors from the QuintEssential theater troupe would perform roles that had been written for men.

Mamet’s notified the troupe that their dramatic license had been withdrawn because “David Mamet does not permit any gender changes” only hours before the first performance.

QuintEssential performers allege that Mamet knew that the troupe was composed entirely of women when he signed their contract and may sue him for breach of contract and reimbursement of nearly $10,000 in production costs.

Mamet has thus far refused to comment on the matter.


AP - February 9, 1999

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