Fuckin’ Ruthie and the Mamet Legacy

A mini-roundtable introduced and curated by Caridad Svich

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If one of the jobs of poetry is to enact moral, spiritual, political or psychological tensions through the rigor of patterned language, then by all accounts David Mamet is a poet of the theatre. Ever since his breakthrough play American Buffalo hit the boards in 1975 with its roaring, funny-sad, angular take on violence, masculinity and the bonds of friendship and betrayal that exist between men, Mamet’s work has been known for its bracing and equivocal approach to theatrical language (spoken and otherwise).

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Caridad Svich
Caridad Svich

received the 2023 Flora Roberts Award from the Guild, the Premio LATA for Special Achievement in Theatrical Adaptation for Eva Luna, and the 2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement. She is an inductee into the 2023 class of the College of Fellows of American Theatre. Caridad has written over 40 plays and 30 translations. JARMAN (all this maddening beauty) and other plays is published by Intellect UK (2016). She serves as co-artistic director of new works at the Lucille Lortel Theatre for the Lucille Lortel Foundation in New York City. caridadsvich.com