The Water Engine

by  David Mamet

Short Play, Drama  /  6m, 2f

In a two-play volume with Mr. Happiness.

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The Water Engine

by  David Mamet

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    Cast Size

    6m, 2f

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In The Water Engine, actors, an announcer, and a sound effects man present a radio play during the 1930s with unerring authenticity. The “play within the play” reveals the story of a young inventor who’s found a way to run an engine on distilled water. At first ridiculed, he is courted by crooked lawyers attempting to buy the invention from him on behalf of “certain business interests.” After refusing, he is threatened, and when he attempts to give his story to the newspapers, he is murdered along with his sister. The engine is destroyed, but the inventor has mailed the blueprint to a young student scientist who will configure and reveal the invention to the world.

Published with Mr. Happiness.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Extraordinary […] verbal brilliance." - The New York Times

"A vivid theatrical experience." - New York Daily News

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
    $75 with companion piece

Production

Casting

6m, 2f
CHARLES LANG
RITA
MORTON GROSS
LAWRENCE OBERMAN
MRS. VAREC
MR. WALLACE
BERNIE
DAVE MURRAY
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Authors

David Mamet

David Mamet is the author of the plays: Race, Keep Your Pantheon, School, November, Romance, Boston Marriage, Faustus, Oleanna, Glengarry Glen Ross (1984 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award), American Buffalo, The Old Neighborhood, A Life in the Theatre, Speed-the-Plow, Edmond, Lakeboat, The Water En ...

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Broadway premiere at the Plymouth Theatre on March 6, 1978.

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