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David Mamet’s ‘The Cryptogram’ comes to the Seattle Public Theater

What do you think? Comments Off September 19, 2011 at 3:55PM

The Seattle Public Theater (SPT) at the Green Lake Bathhouse (7312 West Green Lake Dr N) opens its 2011-2012 season with David Mamet’s The Cryptogram, running Friday, Sept. 30 - Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011.

John can’t sleep. Tomorrow is the big father-son camping trip, but it’s late and his dad still hasn’t returned home. The other adults seem to know something he doesn’t, but the things they’re saying don’t seem to be what they’re really talking about. A rarely produced masterpiece, The Cryptogram is Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet’s taut, tension-filled dive into the coded language at the heart of families.

A Chicago native, Mamet has been making headlines since 1976 as a playwright, screen writer, author and film director.  He is a founding member of The Atlantic Theater Company and has won a Pulitzer Prize for Glengarry Glen Ross, which was also nominated for Tony Awards.  Mamet received Tony nominations for Speed-the-Plow as well as Oscar nominations for The Verdict and Wag the Dog.  His style of dialog is so distinctive, it became known as “Mamet speak.”

The Cryptogram had its world premiere at the Ambassadors Theatre, London in June of 1994 and its American premiere at the C. Walsh Theater, Boston in February of 1995.  The Cryptogram opened in New York during April of 1995.

Directed by SPT’s new Artistic Associate, Kelly KitchensThe Cryptogram stars Emily Grogan, Richard Sloniker and 11-year-old newcomer Rowan Calvert.

Tickets to The Cryptogram may be purchased by phone at (206) 524-1300 or online at

Tickets are also available for SPT’s holiday favorites, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.


The Seattle Public Theater is a My Green Lake advertiser.

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