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David Mamet (writer, director, executive producer) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and two-time Oscar® nominee, director, essayist, novelist and poet. In 1976, he debuted his first staged plays, immediately winning Obie and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards.

Mamets writer-director credits include Redbelt, House of Games, Things Change, Homicide, which opened the 1991 Cannes Film Festival, The Spanish Prisoner, The Winslow Boy, State and Main and Spartan. He has also won acclaim for numerous screenplays, including The Verdict and Wag the Dog, both of which were nominated for Academy Awards® for Best Screenplay. He was the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Screen Laurel Award from the Writers Guild of America, West. Mamets other screenplays include The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Untouchables, Were No Angels, Hoffa, The Edge and Ronin.

Mamet first won recognition with his plays Sexual Perversity in Chicago and American Buffalo. When both plays opened in New York in 1976, Mamet won the Obie Award for distinguished playwriting and American Buffalo was voted Best Play by the New York Drama Critics Circle. He also received the Outer Critics Circle Award in 1978 for his contribution to American theater. In 1984, Mamet won another Best Play award from the New York Drama Critics Circle, in addition to the Pulitzer Prize, for Glengarry Glen Ross, which went on to win four Tony Awards and was adapted for a major motion picture. His other plays include Edmond and The Cryptogram, both Obie Award winners, as well as The Water Engine, A Life in the Theatre, Lakeboat, Speed-the-Plow, The Old Neighborhood, Boston Marriage, Dr. Faustus, Romance, November and Race. Most recently, Mamets play The Anarchist and a revival of his multiple award-winning Glengarry Glen Ross opened on Broadway.

In related work, he has adapted four works by Chekhov: Vint, The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya, and recently adapted Harley Granville-Barkers play The Voysey Inheritance. He has written childrens plays and books, seven volumes of essays, three novels and numerous magazine articles, and collaborated on many songs with his wife, songwriter and actress Rebecca Pidgeon. On TV, Mamet was the co-creator, executive producer, writer and director of The Unit.

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