David Mamet Says He's Writing a Play About Harvey Weinstein
David Mamet is writing a play about Harvey Weinstein, the screenwriter and playwright revealed in an interview with the Chicago Tribune.
In a profile piece pegged to Mamet's new novel, Chicago, the Tribune's Rick Kogan wrote that there was a new play sitting on Mamet's kitchen table. "I was talking with my Broadway producer, and he said, 'Why don’t you write a play about Harvey Weinstein?' And so I did," Mamet explained.
Mamet added, "I think about this a lot now. I have a bunch of daughters, a young son. 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."
The writer famously addressed allegations of sexual misconduct and their effect on a man's career in his confrontational two-character drama Oleanna, first produced in 1992.
Mamet won a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for his play Glengarry Glen Ross and has been nominated for two Oscars, for the adapted screenplays of 1982's The Verdict and 1997's Wag the Dog. He is a public conservative who has attended a fundraiser for Ted Cruz and supported the 2016 presidential bid of Carly Fiorina.
"My whole profession has been about pissing people off," Mamet said to THR at the Rome Film Fest in 2016. “There’s a lot of reaction in my country and the West about people saying things that are politically inconvenient, which is new speak for ‘true.’ ”
Weinstein is now facing over 60 allegations of sexual misconduct and is battling a racketeering lawsuit filed by six women in New York. The LAPD has also submitted three cases of alleged sexual assault to the Los Angeles district attorney, and Scotland Yard is investigating multiple allegations against him in the U.K.
The office of Mamet's regular Broadway producer, Jeffrey Richards, did not respond to The Hollywood Reporter's request for comment on the Weinstein play.
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.