Iconic play at Blackfriars

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC-TV) - Rochester's Blackfriars Theatre is presenting the David Mamet play "Glengarry Glen Ross" on stage through February 18.

Scott Adams, who portrays Ricky Roma, and David Andreatta, who portrays Dave Moss, discussed the story and their characters Friday during News 8 at Noon.

The Mamet play was written in 1984 and made into a popular movie of the same name in 1992. Adams described the characters as, "Ruthless real estate salesmen who are selling what is essentially swamp land to unsuspecting customers, junk land." He added, "In the title 'Glengarry Glen Ross' they give the names of this junk land fancy names like 'Glengarry Highlands' and 'Glen Ross Falls' which makes it sound fancy but it's still junk. And it's about their rivalries and how competitive they are and how desperate they are to make a living. These guys work on commissions and that's it. Selling real estate is tough in the best of times, and in this play times are tough."

All these years later the characters are relatable, especially to those who make a living in sales. "I think a lot of people can relate to it," said Andreatta. "I think as Mamet said, something to the effect when he wrote this and was being interviewed at the time, he said something to the effect that in corporate America, you rise on individuality, you don't rise as the whole, and so these are four salesmen that we're talking about here who are working solo, against each other, slight of hand, behind each other's back, scheming to get ahead."

Mamet provides his actors with searing dialogue. "Oh, we carve into each other," Adams said.

Andreatta added, "It's a blast! It's a great time. That is the whole basis of the play, that these four salesmen now have been injected into this sales competition whereby which the top man on the board wins a Cadillac, the second place is a set of steak knives and the other two are out the door. So you've got a lot of vicious competition going on."

Within the story, there are complicating factors that add to its intensity. "There's been a burglary at the office so a detective has been brought in to investigate," explained Adams. "And as he's questioning us all, we're still carving into each other. You see how we try to control each other. And then to make it even more complicated, a customer comes in to get his money back from Ricky Roma, the character I play - good luck! Mamet's brilliant the way he gave us this morality play, but it's also kind of this farce. You get to see desperation. You get deception, all of these wonderful things piled on top of each other."

So, how does it play out? That is for you to find out!

For tickets and more information about performance times, dial (585) 454-1260 or click here.


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