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The Sixth Act: Mamet, Harassment, and the Stage

The Sixth Act, MCC's new Drama Initiative, is pleased to host its second workshop on Thursday, November 18, from 4-5:30, in the Black Box Theater. The workshop will focus on interdisciplinary approaches to a dramatic text, using David Mamet’s provocative, challenging play Oleanna as a case study.

Oleanna, which is widely taught and performed, tells the story of a college student who issues a formal sexual harassment complaint against her college professor. The play is difficult in part because it’s difficult to tell which character is the real victim—raising real questions about different forms of power. More than one version of a key scene will be shown and then a group of MCC colleagues from different academic perspectives will offer insight into the text based on their individual backgrounds. The idea is that a single dramatic text can yield multiple readings, and that we all are better equipped to approach a dramatic text when we have a wider understanding of some of these readings.

The workshop is free and open to the public—please tell your colleagues, your friends, your students. If you would like a copy of the script, please contact Matt Fox at All other questions or concerns should be directed to Maria Brandt at "" or 292-3394.

Maria Brandt