Chestertown, MD, November 21, 2005 — Washington College's Drama Department presentsOleanna by David Mamet, directed by Larry Stahl, lecturer in drama and technical director of the Daniel Z. Gibson Performing Arts Center, December 1, 2, and 3, at 8 p.m. in the College's Tawes Theatre. No reservations are required and the public is invited to attend this free event.
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Featuring a cast of two, Oleanna centers on the relationship between John, a college professor portrayed by senior Brian Cornelius, and his student Carol, depicted by junior Alaina Anderson, who accuses him of sexual harassment. Allowing the audience to witness the incident on which the young woman bases her charges, Mamet infuses the play with a liberal dose of ambiguity and shows the repercussions of the student's allegations. A life-long Mamet admirer, Stahl observes, "The play is not about sexual harassment or political correctness, but rather it is about miscommunication and the use and abuse of power on both sides."
According to critic Michael Wise of Independent, "Oleanna cogently demonstrates that when free thought and dialogue are imperiled, nobody wins."