WOMEN ON TOP: GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS + TOP GIRLS
8 Actresses, 4 Nights, 2 Plays, 1 Amazing Conversation
Date and Time:
November 12-15 at 7:00 PM
Nashville Rep's Rehearsal Hall, NPT Studio A (161 Rains Avenue)
These two plays, Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet and Top Girls by Caryl Churchill premiered thirty years ago. (Like Nashville Rep.) Mamet’s play is often held up as the height of masculinity (the feminine is literally ridiculed throughout) and Churchill’s is the poster child for the “feminine perspective”. Looking at them after thirty years is interesting—looking at them together is really interesting. Looking at them with women reading all the roles in both plays catapults the conversation to a new level. Have women broken through the glass ceiling or are we still living in 1984? Do we expect women to behave differently from men in the workplace, or must they turn into something like the men inGlengarry Glen Ross?
Let’s set off an estrogen bomb next to one of the most purposefully masculine plays of all time and then talk about the fallout.
Bring a bottle of wine to enjoy during the reading—really. Better yet, bring one twice and see both shows. We want you in this conversation.
Talkbacks will happen following readings of Top Girls, on Thursday night and Saturday night. We recommend you see Glengarry Glen Ross first, on Wednesday or Friday, then Top Girls, and stay for the conversation with the actors and fellow audience members!
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS
by David Mamet
Nashville Rep is proud to present a reading of David Mamet’s searing masterpiece, as timely now as it was when it premiered in 1983. (Or is it?) You may remember that this play was produced on our mainstage back in 2009. An office of small-time cutthroat real estate salesmen bite, scratch, and claw their way through the weekly sales contest while trying to carve out their own piece of the American Dream. First prize is a Cadillac. Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third place is You’re Fired.
This time we present it with a twist: an all-female cast. This reading will feature some of Nashville’s most dynamic actresses, led by Denice Hicks as Shelly ‘The Machine’ Levene and Megan Murphy Chambers as Ricky Roma. Completing the cast are Rachel Agee, Rebekah Durham, Shannon Hoppe, Nettie Kraft, Jennifer Richmond and Tamiko Robinson.
With such talented actors crossing the gender divide, the story of Mamet’s play will burst through while giving us the exciting opportunity to hear this classic with new ears and a fresh perspective: How do we feel about woman in business behaving like the brutal and cold reptilian monsters of Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross? In order to be successful, is it required?
Glengarry Glen Ross is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
by Caryl Churchill
Top Girls is the story of Marlene, a successful career-driven superwoman in the early years of the 1980’s in Margaret Thatcher’s England. In the first act, Marlene celebrates her promotion over a male co-worker by inviting famous women throughout history to her dinner party: Pope Joan (who claims to have been pope in the 9th Century while disguised as a man), Isabella Bird (the famous explorer), Dull Gret (the harrower of Hell from the Breughel painting), Lady Nijo (mistress of a Japanese emperor), and Patient Griselda (from “The Clerk's Tale” in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales). In the second act, we meet Marlene’s sister and learn the steep cost of what she had to give up in order to find success.
Featuring the same electric ensemble of actresses who read Glengarry Glen Ross, Top Girls is led by Shannon Hoppe as Marlene, with Rachel Agee, Rebekah Durham, Denice Hicks, Nettie Kraft, Megan Murphy Chambers, Jennifer Richmond and Tamiko Robinson.
Like Glengarry Glen Ross, Top Girls makes us ask: what are we willing to do in order to succeed? What are we willing to give up? What is the cost for a woman to break through? Does the fact that one woman broke through the glass ceiling mean liberation for all women? Or is it every woman for herself? It’s been thirty years: Have we Come a Long Way, Baby? Are the questions different now?
Top Girls is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS
Denice Hicks as Shelly ‘The Machine’ Levene and Megan Murphy Chambers as Ricky Roma, Rachel Agee, Rebekah Durham, Shannon Hoppe, Nettie Kraft, Jennifer Richmond and Tamiko Robinson.
Shannon Hoppe as Marlene, with Rachel Agee, Rebekah Durham, Denice Hicks, Nettie Kraft, Megan Murphy Chambers, Jennifer Richmond and Tamiko Robinson.