David Mamet: Chicago

Date(s) - 03/01/18
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Fine Arts Building Studebaker Theater

Hosted by
Chicago Humanities Festival

David Mamet: Chicago

Chicago Humanities Festival

Thursday, March 1 | 6 – 7 PM

Is there any corner of Chicago’s theatrical and artistic life untouched by the legendary playwright, producer and screenwriter David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed the Plow, Wag the Dog and The Untouchables)? CHF is thrilled to present an evening exploring Mamet’s life in and influence on our city through the lens of his first novel in two decades, Chicago. In this big shouldered thriller set in Al Capone’s 1920s, Mamet explores questions of honor, deceit, revenge and devotion, all in his trademark Mamet Speak— that mix of voices that move from the poetic to the profane in rapid, and graphic, succession. Chicago combines spectacular craft with a kinetic wallop as fierce as the February wind gusting off Lake Michigan.

Ticket purchase includes a copy of Chicago. An option for 1 book + 2 tickets is available through the box office at (312) 605-8444.

A book signing will follow this program.


David Mamet is an acclaimed author, director, producer, and playwright. His many notable plays include the Pulitzer Prize-winning Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo, and Oleanna, and his screenplays include The Untouchables, Wag the Dog, and The Postman Always Rings Twice. He was also the co-creator and executive producer of the CBS series The Unit and wrote and directed Phil Spector for HBO. A Chicago native, he now lives in Santa Monica, California.