David Mamet's hit play "Glengarry Glen Ross" is taking on a new look and sound at the Asolo Repertory Theatre.
On Feb. 25, an all-female cast will do a reading of the play that traditionally features an all-male company. A group of Hollywood stars is scheduled for a similar reading in Hollywood on Feb. 21.
At Asolo Rep, the program is called "Mamet Re-Examined: An All-Female Reading of 'Glengarry Glen Ross'."
Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards said that the idea came out of a program held last week about "Roles Women Play."
"It led us naturally to talk about 'Glengarry,' and out of that grew the suggestion of what it would be like if our actresses read this play," he said.
Members of the Asolo Rep acting company will read from the script for the performance. Carolyn Michel will take on the role of Shelly Levene (played at Asolo Rep by Douglas Jones); Peggy Roeder plays manipulative real estate salesman Dave Moss (Jay Patterson's role); Gail Rastorfer is cocky salesman Ricky Roma (Eric Hissom); Tyla Abercrumbie will play the real estate client James Lingk (Francisco Rodriguez); Elizabeth King-Hall plays Jesse Dornan's role as supervisor John Williamson, Annabel Armour will read David Breitbarth's role of salesman George Aaronow and Sarah Brown will play Jacob Cooper's role of Detective Baylen.
The reading is at 8 p.m. in the Cook Theatre at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. A pre-show discussion will start at 7:30 p.m. focusing on the use of profanity in the play.
"One of the other things we talked about is that profane language has a whole different energy when it’s spoken by a woman. It doesn't have the same threat of violence behind it," Edwards said. "I think this is going to be really fascinating." The women quickly organized to put the performance together. "Before we even had decided, they had it all together," he said.
Admission is free, but reservations are suggested at 351-8000; asolorep.org