Thursday, March 1 | 6 - 7 PM
Fine Arts Building
410 S. Michigan Ave. | Chicago, IL | 60605
Is there any corner of Chicago's theatrical and artistic life untouched by the legendary playwright, producer and screenwriter David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed the Plow, Wag the Dog and The Untouchables)? CHF is thrilled to present an evening exploring Mamet's life in and influence on our city through the lens of his first novel in two decades, Chicago. In this big shouldered thriller set in Al Capone's 1920s, Mamet explores questions of honor, deceit, revenge and devotion, all in his trademark Mamet Speak— that mix of voices that move from the poetic to the profane in rapid, and graphic, succession. Chicago combines spectacular craft with a kinetic wallop as fierce as the February wind gusting off Lake Michigan. Chris Jones joins Mamet in conversion for this not-to-be-missed event.
Ticket purchase includes a copy of Chicago. An option for 1 book + 2 tickets is available through the box office at (312) 605-8444.
A book signing will follow this program.
David Mamet is an acclaimed author, director, producer, and playwright. His many notable plays include the Pulitzer Prize-winning Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo, and Oleanna, and his screenplays include The Untouchables, Wag the Dog, and The Postman Always Rings Twice. He was also the co-creator and executive producer of the CBS series The Unit and wrote and directed Phil Spector for HBO. A Chicago native, he now lives in Santa Monica, California.
Chris Jones is the chief theater critic for the Chicago Tribune. Prior to joining the Tribune 15 years ago, Jones served as the touring theater critic for Variety and Daily Variety. Jones spent 10 years teaching at Northern Illinois University, where he served as both an associate professor and as assistant chair of the School of Theatre and Dance. He also served as associate dean of DePaul University's Theatre School, where he continues to be an adjunct professor. A native of Manchester, England, Jones earned a doctorate from the Ohio State University in 1989. He lives in Evanston.