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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 June 2018

David Mamet has written a play about Harvey Weinstein

An unnamed 'Chicago stage legend who is now a movie star' has reportedly expressed interest in the play's lead role

It has just been announced that The Weinstein Co. is expected to file for bankruptcy protection - and, in the same week, playwright David Mamet has revealed he has written a play about Weinstein title 'Bitter Wheat'. AP File Photo.
It has just been announced that The Weinstein Co. is expected to file for bankruptcy protection - and, in the same week, playwright David Mamet has revealed he has written a play about Weinstein title 'Bitter Wheat'. AP File Photo.

David Mamet has written a new play about film producer Harvey Weinstein, the Pulitzer Prize winner said in an interview published on Friday.

Timing for production of the play, currently titled Bitter Wheat, is still to be determined, the report said.

"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, who has been a force in U.S. theatre and film for over 40 years, told the Chicago Tribune.

More than 70 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, including rape, triggering a wider impropriety scandal that has roiled Hollywood and beyond. Weinstein has denied non-consensual sex with anyone.

Mamet gave few details of the play, and his representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Jeffrey Richards, a Broadway producer with whom Mamet has collaborated often, also did not immediately respond.

Mamet explored the theme of sexual harassment in his controversial 1992 play Oleanna about a male university professor and a female student.

“I think about this a lot now. I have a bunch of daughters, a young son,” Mamet said in the interview.

“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."

The Tribune report said an unnamed "Chicago stage legend who is now a movie star" has expressed interest in the play's lead role.

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Mamet won a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for his play Glengarry Glen Ross about male power set in the cut-throat world of real estate.

Here's David Mamet talking more about his writing process...

His movie credits include writing Wag The Dog, House of Games and The Untouchables.