Depending on the Cast, The Show Must Not Go On

Why did DAVID MAMET refuse an all-female troupe the right to perform his plays? The New York City-based QuintEssential Theatre Co. chose a series of pieces from Mamet's Goldberg Streets as its inaugural production. "We picked works we felt were gender nonspecific," says member Natasha Borg. The group got the O.K. from the two publishing houses that shared the rights, Dramatists Play Services and Samuel French. "When applying for the rights, you must list all the cast members," says Borg. "They could see we were all women." But a few weeks before the Jan. 6 performance, the group received letters from...

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