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Thursday, May 2, 2013

David Mamet


Among the dramatists I admire most David Mamet will always stay in my personal top ten. His work includes two of my favorite films, The Verdict and Wag The Dog, as well as two perfect plays, Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed The Plow. He's great with words, a "brain-dead liberal", a vitriolic critic, and also a great teacher. "Any drama is a succession of scenes," he keeps reminding his fellow playwrights. "Each scene must end so that the hero is thwarted in pursuit of his goal – so that he is forced to go on to the next scene to get what he wants. To write a successful scene, one must stringently apply and stringently answer the following three questions: 1. Who wants what from whom? 2. What happens if they don't get it? 3. Why now?" 

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