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David Mamet was born in Chicago in 1947. In 1978 he became Associate Artistic Director of the Goodman Theatre, Chicago, where American Buffalo had been first staged in 1975, subsequently winning an Obie Award and opening on Broadway in 1977 and at the National Theatre in 1978. His greatest hits, Glengarry Glen Ross and Oleanna followed in 1983 and 1993 respectively.
First staged in Britain in 1983, "Glengarry Glen Ross" is the tale of four real-estate salesmen in a cut-throat sales competition. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and was made into a film starring Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey and Alec Baldwin, in 1992.
The play won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 David Mamet is one of the most distinguished American playwright His work is studied at colleges on both literature and drama courses "David Mamet, screenwriter of The Verdict and The Postman Always Rings Twice, is alongside Sam Shepard and Michael Weller, one of the most distinctive voices on the contemporary American stage" Michael Coveney, Financial Times