A Life in the Theatre

A Life in the Theatre
Theatre: Gerald Schoenfeld
Status: Closed
(September 21, 2010 - November 28, 2010 )
  • Rehearsal: August 23, 2010
  • Preview: September 21, 2010
  • Open: October 12, 2010
  • Close: November 28, 2010
Play - Revival
Running Time: 1hr 30mins

Describing life in the footlights from an actor’s point of view, “A Life in the Theatre” focuses on the relationship between two thespians: Robert, an older, experienced performer; and John, a relative newcomer. Though Robert’s guidance is welcomed by John at first, as the play progresses Robert falters as an actor and mentor, and John emerges as a mature actor. Mamet was inspired to write “A Life in the Theatre” by what he had observed backstage as well as by his own experiences in his early career as an actor.

For The Record:

 “A Life in the Theatre” had its World Premiere at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago in Feb 1977.  Gregory Mosher directed a cast which featured Mike Nussbaum & Joe Mantegna.  The Off-B’way production opened in Oct 1977 at the Lucille Lortel.  Gerald Gutierrez directed a cast that included Peter Evans & Ellis Rabb. 

Total Gross: $2,583,745
Average Weekly Gross: $258,375
Total Attendance: 45,770
Average Weekly Attendance: 54%

Staff & Creative Team

General Manager:

Richards Climan Inc

Company Manager:

Mary Miller

Production Manager:

Hudson Theatrical Associates

Casting Director:

The Telsey Office

Advertising Representative:

Serino Coyne

Production Stage Manager:

Matthew Silver


David Mamet


Neil Pepe


Santo Loquasto


Laura Bauer


Kenneth Posner


John 09/12/2010 - 11/28/2010
Robert 09/21/2010 - 11/28/2010