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[Past Event] Spanish Prisoner: Playwright Looks at David Mamet | Ryan Ranch

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Allston James has learned almost as much about playwriting from David Mamet as he has from William Shakespeare, whom Mamet himself cites as a guiding light. One of America's most influential dramatists, David Mamet has written across a wide spectrum of themes and genres. He is best known for "Glengarry Glen Ross," winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984. Mamet's plays and films are notable for pushing dialogue’s boundaries. Through interviews, selected scenes from his works, a viewing of "The Spanish Prisoner," and Allston's own perspectives as a dramatist, we will examine the inner workings of Mamet’s consequential style and plotting. With a cast that includes Ben Gazzara, Steve Martin and Ricky Jay, "The Spanish Prisoner" is a taut and twisty thriller.


Tuition: $40.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 *10:00 a.m. - noon* (4 sessions)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey


Allston James has taught Shakespeare courses at OLLI since 2012 following 30 years as an instructor at Monterey Peninsula College. As playwright, he was Runner-Up for the Kenneth Branagh New Drama Award in 2021. His plays have been performed in New York, London, Glasgow, as well as at festivals around the country. His most recent production was "Beyond Harbor’s Peace" in St. Helena, CA.