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ARTS opens its season with Pulitzer Prize-winning "Glengarry Glen Ross"

The first show of the 2017 ARTS season gets things started with a bang.

In 1984, David Mamet's explosive drama "Glengarry Glen Ross" won a Pulitzer Prize. The play explores the lives of a quartet of Chicago real estate agents and the lengths they will go to in order to close a deal.

"These guys, not only are they desperate but these are people we can relate to, that anybody who comes to see the show can relate to," Mike Murdock (Director) said. "Because, it really pinpoints how far or how desperate a person can be to survive, to make money."

From the hotshot new sales whiz kid to the grizzled veteran who has lost the magic touch, "Glengarry Glen Ross" digs into how our jobs play a role in how we see ourselves and the cost of the price of failure.

"It's dark," Robert Hutchens (Shelley Lavene) said. "It's about people in very stressful circumstances, behaving not as you hoped you would."

"It's about their kind of desperate struggle against the board at the back of the room," Owen Reynolds (John Williamson) said. "Which you know, the top two people get prizes and the third place gets fired. So it's just about their desperation to keep their jobs and the lengths they'll go to do that."

During its Broadway run, the show was nominated for four Tony Awards. In the three decades since it debuted, the production has won praise for its gritty look at the high-pressure world of sales and what that pressure does to the people who must "always be closing."

It contains adult language and themes and is recommended for mature audiences.

"We still do some family-oriented shows as well throughout the season," Murdock said. "But we've sort of cultivated an audience that is willing to come and see some of this more adult stuff and this is definitely that."

Arts Resources for the Tri-State presents "Glengarry Glen Ross"
by David Mamet
Directed by Mike Murdock
Fri-Sat Feb 3-4 at 8pm
Thurs-Sat Feb 9-11 at 8pm
ARTS Renaissance Ballroom
900 8th St. Huntington, WV
General Admission $15 Show Only / $30 Dinner and show
Dinner menu: Oriental Salad, Teriyaki Chicken Breast, Rice Medley, Broccoli, Rolls, Ice cream with fruit topping
The venue can't sell alcohol but you are welcome to bring a bottle of wine, etc., for dinner.
Call for reservation 304-733-2787
artstristate.org

CAST

Owen Reynolds as John Williamson
Robert Hutchens as Shelley Levene
Dylan Clark as George Aaronow
Michael Naglee as David Moss
Greg Morris as James Lingk
Len Trent as Richard Roma
Simon Woods as Detective Baylen

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