Susie Coodin in the Bleeding Heart Theatre and Xua Xua Productions presentation of Oleanna on stage at the Havana Theatre, May 6-8. Photo by Adam Blasberg.
Susie Coodin in the Bleeding Heart Theatre and Xua Xua Productions presentation of Oleanna on stage at the Havana Theatre, May 6-8. Photo by Adam Blasberg.

Vancouver audiences will get not one, but two opportunities to see one of the most provocative plays of the twentieth century, David Mamet’s Oleanna.

[pullquote]“I yearn to be moved and engaged within the theatre, we work towards presenting Oleanna with that first experience in mind.  We wanted to work on something that would push us.” – Evan Frayne, director and producer of the Bleeding Heart Theatre/Xua Xua Production presentation of Oleanna[/pullquote]Mamet’s razor-sharp dialogue and uncanny ability to stir up controversy have made this story a modern classic where a simple meeting between professor and student becomes a nightmare of gender politics and political correctness.

Since its debut in 1992, audiences have been split down the middle when asked to take sides, giving credence to the play’s tagline: whatever side you take, you’re wrong.

In this extended report, David C Jones talks with members of the production teams from the two upcoming productions.

The Mamet on Main Collective presents Oleanna at the Little Mountain Gallery, April 19-27.  

Bleeding Heart Theatre and Xua Xua Productions presents its own production of Oleanna at the Havana Theatre, May 6-17.