I stopped by the rehearsal of 3AM’s Dumb/Sex at the Playwrights Center to talk with directors Joshua Iley and Sarah Teich, who direct Pinter’s The Dumbwaiter and Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago.
The choice of Dumbwaiter and Sexual Perversity, popular plays by popular playwrights, naturally made me curious about the reasoning behind why they were chosen; Pinter, with his passing a little over a year ago, is certainly fresh in everyone’s mind and people are eager to revisit his work. Though I am not overly familiar with Mamet, I’ve read that he was heavily influenced by Pinter, which is a large portion of why they settled on Sexual Perversity. When the question is raised, it’s one of my favorite sections of the podcast.
Dumb/Sex goes up at the Old Arizona on January 8th and runs through the 23rd.