Former Mayor Dinkins, Fox News’ Wiehl to Headline ‘Oleanna’ Talkbacks on B’way

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Oleanna
Courtesy of publicist Michael Borowski…

The Broadway Premiere of
David Mamet’s Oleanna
Starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles
proudly announces
“Take a Side: The Oleanna Talk-Back Series”
for all preview performances

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Producer Jeffrey Finn announced today that the upcoming, first-ever Broadway production of Oleanna, the provocative drama by Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, has instituted a special post-show series for audiences during previews. Entitled Take a Side: The Oleanna Talk-Back Series, this ongoing event will take place after every preview performance (Sept. 29-Oct. 10) at the Golden Theatre (252 W. 45th St.).

Since its instantly incendiary debut in 1992, Oleanna has consistently been a provocative and stimulating experience for audiences that incites conversation, discussion and intellectual conflict. The Take a Side: The Oleanna Talk-Back Series is being produced to offer a lively forum for each audience to collectively discuss, debate and comment on the controversial themes of the play with a direct correlation to today’s current issues. Regarded as one of the most provocative dramas of our time, Oleanna has always divided audiences into heated, post-show debates often compelling them to fiercely side with either character. Critics weighing in on this new production during its pre-Broadway, Los Angeles engagement at The Mark Taper Forum confirm that the play hasn’t lost any of its bite, power or relevance, noting the intense post-show conversations that erupt nightly.

With Take a Side: The Oleanna Talk-Back Series, for 20-30 minutes following each preview, distinguished celebrities from the worlds of media, entertainment, politics, law and education will discuss and debate the issues brought up by this production. The group of panelists has been specifically chosen to contribute their specialized expertise and further stimulate spirited debate. Initial confirmed panelists are set to include former New York City mayor David Dinkins; NYC Deputy Mayor of Education and Community Development Dennis Walcott; FOX News Channel legal analyst Lis Wiehl; Partner of Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. Anne C. Vladeck; Dean of the Tisch School of the Arts Mary Schmidt Campbell; Lies My Mother Never Told Me author Kaylie Jones; Founding and Managing Partner of Outten & Golden LLP Wayne N. Outten; Legal Partner of Proskauer Rose LLP Kathleen M. McKenna; NYU Professor of Urban Policy and Planning Mitchell Moss; and NYU/Tisch Associate Arts Professor and Tony nominator Laurence Maslon, with many more to be announced.

Alternating moderators for the series will be Judith Kaye, JD (Juris Doctor from Harvard and President of Judith Kaye Training & Consulting) and Cynthia Tornquist (President of Tornquist Productions LLC and former CNN correspondent).

The first talk-back in the series, to be held after the first preview on Tues. evening, Sept. 29, will feature moderator Judith Kaye and panelist Lis Wiehl, legal analyst for Fox News Channel.

Directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt), Oleanna is a gripping account of a power struggle between a male university professor (Pullman) and one of his female students (Stiles). Currently in rehearsals, the Broadway production will begin previews Tues., Sept. 29 with an official opening night set for Sun., Oct. 11, 6:30pm.

Tickets, $116.50 to $76.50, are now available for purchase through visiting www.telecharge.com, calling (212) 239-6200 or visiting the Golden Theatre box office (252 W. 45th St.). The performance schedule for Oleanna will be Tues., 7pm, Wed.-Sat., 8pm, matinees Wed. and Sat., 2pm, and Sun., 3pm.

For more information, visit www.OleannaOnBroadway.com.