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Edmond is a one-act play written by David Mamet. It premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, on June 4, 1982. The first New York production was October 27 of the same year, at the Provincetown Playhouse. The play consists of twenty-three short scenes. In the original production, each of the actors took on multiple roles, save the two playing Edmond and his wife. Kenneth Branagh starred as Edmond in a production of the play in London in 2003. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... For other uses, see Play (disambiguation). ... David Alan Mamet (born November 30, 1947) is an American author, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, and film director. ... Premiere, from French language première meaning first, generally means a first performance. Premieres for theatrical, musical, and other productions are often extravagant affairs, attracting large numbers of socialites and much media attention. ... The Goodman Theatre The Goodman Theatre is a theater in Chicagos Loop, and part of Chicago theatre. ... Kenneth Charles Branagh (born December 10, 1960) is an Emmy Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated Northern Irish-born actor and film director. ...

A movie based upon the play, starring William H. Macy and Julia Stiles, has been shown at some film festivals in the U.S. and Europe, and underwent limited U.S. release on July 14, 2006. Edmond is a 2005 drama/thriller film based on the play of the same name (see: Edmond (play)). It was written (play and screenplay) by David Mamet and directed by Stuart Gordon. ... Not to be confused with Bill Macy. ... Julia OHara Stiles (born March 28, 1981) is an American stage and screen actress. ... is the 195th day of the year (196th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...



The plot, which has a certain fable-like quality, revolves around the titular character, Edmond Burke, a white-collar worker in New York City. After a visit to a fortune teller, he decides to leave his wife and embarks on an odyssey through New York's seedy underbelly, which takes him to two bars, a bordello, and a peep show. When he accuses a three-card monte dealer of running a crooked game, the dealer and his shills beat Edmond to the ground. Increasingly convinced of the ugliness and difficulty of human existence, Edmond buys a knife from a pawnshop. He threatens a woman on a subway platform, then beats an African-American pimp who is trying to rob him, while calling him a jungle bunny, nigger, and coon. For other uses, see Fable (disambiguation). ... Prostitution is the sale of sexual services (typically manual stimulation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anal sex) for cash or other kind of return, generally indiscriminately with many persons. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A shill is an associate of a person selling a good or service, who pretends no association and assumes the air of an enthusiastic customer. ... Coon can refer to: an abbreviation for raccoon the Maine Coon, a breed of domestic cat an ethnic slur used in American, British and Australian English for people of African or aboriginal Australian descent a brand of cheese in Australia Coon Carnival, a yearly minstrel festival in Cape Town, South...

Invigorated by the act of violence, he goes to a coffehouse and propositions his waitress, Glenna. At her apartment, he tells her how alive beating the pimp has made him feel in a highly racialized speech. Glenna compares the feeling to the one she gets when she is acting. Edmond disputes that she is not a real actress because she only takes acting classes and does not actually perform for a paying audience. Edmond encourages her to be honest with herself, and to say that she is not an actress but a waitress. Glenna begins to find his odd behavior disturbing and asks him to leave. An argument escalates, and Edmond kills her with the knife he has bought. Later, after he has left, he hears a preacher at a mission preach that all souls can be redeemed through faith. Edmond wants to go testify to the preacher, but he is identified by the woman from the subway, and arrested. He has a short reunion with his wife, who serves him with divorce papers. In prison, an African-American cellmate is assigned to him. Edmond at first expresses conciliatory feelings to his cellmate and blacks in general, saying that people subconsciously desire what they fear and so whites should not try to avoid blacks. His uninterested cellmate sodomizes him. In the penultimate scene, Edmond appears to forgive him, and in the final scene, the two ruminate on the uncertainty of life and the role of destiny in human affairs. Edmond utters a line that is nearly an exact quote of one from Hamlet: "There is a destiny that shapes our ends...rough-hew them how we may." The play ends as the two say "good night" and Edmond kisses his cellmate. Penultimate can mean next to last in a general context, but is used most often in linguistics as an adjective or noun to denote or refer to the penult of a word/ penultimate stress. ... For other uses, see Hamlet (disambiguation). ...


Despite its critical praise, the racial content of the play, particularly the numerous slurs against African-Americans, has caused controversy at colleges and universities attempting to stage it.


The name of the protagonist, Edmond Burke, is very similar to that of Edmund Burke, the well-known British Parliamentarian and conservative theorist. The significance of this is unclear. Edmund Burke (January 12, 1729[1] – July 9, 1797) was an Anglo-Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher, who served for many years in the British House of Commons as a member of the Whig party. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters to a parliament. ... Conservative may refer to: Conservatism, political philosophy A member of a Conservative Party Conservative extension, premise of deductive logic Conservativity theorem, mathematical proof of conservative extension Conservative Judaism britney spears Category: ...

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EDMOND is a bland businessman trudging through a banal job and equally lackluster marriage, whose chance encounter with a mysterious fortune teller sends him on a darkly funny and ultimately horrifying descent into a modern urban hell.
As Edmond spirals headlong toward personal disintegration, the dormant racism and homophobia residing within him is unleashed in horrifying and brutally violent ways.
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Edmond is a bastard "natural" son who wishes to enjoy "legitimacy" at his brother's expense.
And so the play exhibits a brief restoration--of the proper woman to her place (softness, gentleness, death?) of the superannuated King to his office (273-74) and Kent and Edgar to their places (275-79).
Perhaps this play is an exploration of how old age and state corruption un-mans men, puts women and women's ways (misogynistically depicted as dishonest and driven by appetite and envy) in power and so results in decay and oblivion.
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