One hundred years after the first publication of "The Voysey Inheritance, "David Mamet resurrects Harley Granville-Barker's classic investigation into the capitalist soul in this brilliant adaptation.
For generations, the Voysey family business has been secretly skimming money from its clients' accounts. When Edward, designated to take over the firm from his aging father, discovers the embezzlement that has been keeping his relatives in a life of luxury, he must weigh the trappings of wealth and the imperative to preserve his family's good name against the better principles of his conscience. But moral righteousness turns to self-protection when he comes to understand fully the consequences of his "inheritance.
About the Author
Dennis Kennedy's books include The Spectator and the Spectacle: Audiences in Modernity and Postmodernity, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, Looking at Shakespeare: A Visual History of Twentieth-Century Performance, Foreign Shakespeare, and Granville Barker and the Dream of Theatre. Shakespeare in Asia: Contemporary Performance is due late 2009 (edited with Yong Li Lan). He has twice been a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities in the USA, twice won the Freedley Award for theatre history, received the Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award at the University of Pittsburgh, the Berkeley Fellowship at Trinity College Dublin, and was elected to the Royal Irish Academy and Academia Europaea. His own plays have been performed in New York, London, and many other places, and he has frequently worked as a dramaturg and director in professional theatres.
David Mamet 's "Glengarry Glen Ross" won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1984. He is also the author of "Writing in Restaurants" and "On Directing Film", both available from Penguin.
“Scintillating. . . . The script resonates with [Granville-Barker’s] literate wit and Mamet’s sharp, spare dynamism.” –San Francisco Chronicle
“As powerful an exploration of commercial misconduct as Mamet’s own hardheaded business-themed dramas Glengarry Glen Ross and American Buffalo. . . . It’s difficult to imagine a work more presciently engaged with the ethics of transgression and repayment.” –SF Weekly
“A wonderful ride. . . . Bristles with relevance to contemporary business ethics and morality.”
–Contra Costa Times