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The Vortex Theatre Presents: Oleanna By David Mamet

Directed by Marty Epstein

On Friday, August 17, 2018, the Vortex Theatre opens Oleanna by David Mamet, directed by Marty Epstein.
The two-person play premiered in 1992. Oleanna is about the power struggle between university professor and one of his female students, who accuses him of sexual exploitation and, by doing so, spoils his chances of being accorded tenure. The play’s title, taken from a folk song, refers to a 19th-century escapist vision of utopia.
The Vortex production features Zoey Reese (Once on This Island) and, by special arrangement with Actors’ Equity, Bob Jesser. 
Director Epstein has directed over forty plays at the Vortex, the Adobe Theatre (A Crack in the Wall, You Can’t Take It With You) and for West End Productions (Abigail’s Party).  “For me, this play is a realistic depiction of sexual exploitation and its affect on all the parties to it,” he said. “Is it misunderstandings? A misperception? The ‘he said, she said’ nature of this play reflects the #MeToo movement and its victims. It will leave you wondering, who was right and who was wrong?”
Show & Ticket Info: 
Performances are Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $22 for general admission, Albuquerque Theatre Guild and SAG/AFTRA members $19 and $15 for students 12 – 18. Opening weekend Saturday night, July 6 is $20. Pay What You Will Sunday, August 19. Talback with directors and cast, Sunday, August 26. For a full schedule, please see Reservations and ticket purchases can be made online at or by calling 505-247- 8600. 

About the Vortex Theatre: The Vortex is Albuquerque’s oldest continuously-running Black Box Theatre, a pioneering venue for classic, contemporary, and cutting-edge theatre since 1976. This 501(c)3 non-profit community playhouse entertains audiences year-round with some of the city’s finest productions, including our annual Summer Shakespeare Festival. The Vortex is located at 2900 Carlisle Avenue NE.

Photos by Ryan Dobbs.