David Mamet is courting controversy with a new play about Harvey Weinstein.
In an interview this week with the Chicago Tribune, the “Glengarry Glen Ross” writer revealed he’s working on a play about the Hollywood producer accused of sexual harassment and assault by dozens of women.
“I was talking with my Broadway producer and he said, ‘Why don’t you write a play about Harvey Weinstein?’” Mamet said. “And so I did.”
“I think about this a lot now. I have a bunch of daughters, a young son,” he explained. “Every society has to confront the ungovernable genie of sexuality and tries various ways to deal with it and none of them work very well. There is great difficulty when you are switching modes, which we seem to be doing now. People go crazy. They start tearing each other to bits.”
Mamet has explored the issue of sexual exploitation in his work before, in the 1992 play “Oleanna”, which was later turned into a film.
The idea of Mamet writing a Weinstein play was not met with much positive reaction on Twitter.