David Mamet's “Oleanna” for the second time at the “Anesis” Theater - Wishevoke

David Mamet’s “Oleanna” for the second time at the “Anesis” Theater

THE Oleanna from David Mametone of the most provocative texts by the Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, will premiere in Athens on Monday, October 31, on the small stage of the ANESIS Theater.

The direction is signed Philip Sofianos together with the newcomer in the lead role Denia Mimerini.

The show, which is now in its second year, started in Thessaloniki and has already made an impression. Parallel to the performances in Athens, there will be a small tour in selected cities in the region.


Written one year after the first U.S. sexual harassment trial – premiered in May 1992 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with the Back Bay Theater troupe. In 1993 it was performed to great acclaim at the Royal Court Theater under the direction of Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter. In 1994, Mamet himself transferred his work to the cinema under the same title, and although it provoked – for completely different reasons – different reactions from both feminist organizations and academic circles, it continues to be constantly performed and reflected upon by .


David Mamet, one of the most famous writers, screenwriters and directors, is known for his precise use of the American language and his interest in the relationship between language and behavior.

In Oleanna, its protagonists, a university professor and a young student, are involved in a game of deep confrontation that makes any communication between them impossible, as their need for power and security dominates everything else.
The reason for this verbal power play, which will lead to misunderstandings, is the letter from the student Carol and the suggestion from Professor John to carry out a reclassification after special meetings outside the prescribed rules of the apparently democratic university. The professor denigrates his student by questioning the possibilities of education, and she questions his privilege and will report him for harassment.
It is a powerful text about political correctness that examines the relationship between language and behavior and attempts to penetrate the depths of power.


The show
According to the director, the show is a starting and finishing point for #MeToo. It is a shocking story that will often confuse you, divide you and create serious uncertainty about your judgment. The project is a machine for generating questions that stay with the viewer for days after watching the show. Questions that are more relevant than ever today, in 2022. How can one person so innocently destroy another’s future? How much does the collective influence individual consciousness? How can a friendly gesture lead to harassment? Could it actually be? Does she have power?
It is important to note that when David Mamet wrote this work in 1992, it provoked many reactions. Critics viewed the play as a right-wing polemic against political correctness, while Mamet became a symbol of toxic masculinity for leftists. Today, however, after the #metoo outbreak in Greece, we may be ready for a re-read.

“He says it was just a lesson. You, sexual harassment.

Whoever you believe, you are wrong.

David Mamet

Translation: Georgia Zachou
Direction – lighting – music editing: Filippos Sofianos
Set design – costumes: Christina Kostea
Assistant director: Yiannis Tsourounakis
Promotional photos: Giorgos Kalfomanolis
Artwork: Aris Sobotis
Contact: Irini Lagorou
Production: Hand-made production

Filippos Sofianos – John
Denia Mimerini – Karol

Show days and times
From October 31st
Every Monday and Tuesday at 9:00 p.m
Performance duration: 80 minutes
Ticket prices
General admission: €17
Reduced: €12 (students, unemployed, 65+)
Presale: €15
Imperfections of actors and drama school students are accepted
Tickets – pre-sale: viva.gr

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