David Mamet, the man who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning plays “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “Speed-the-Plow,” also wrote a children’s play.
It’s titled “The Revenge of the Space Pandas, or Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock,” and a University of New Mexico student production of it opens Thursday, Feb. 21 in the Experimental Theatre.
“I am extremely interested in children’s theater, in particular theater for young audiences,” said Kyle Bible, director of the UNM production. “Last semester I was looking for children’s plays and I just happened to come across this one. I read it and loved it.”
|If you go
WHAT: David Mamet’s “The Revenge of the Space Pandas, or Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock”
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23. Repeats at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1
WHERE: Experimental Theatre, basement of the UNM Center for the Arts
HOW MUCH: $12 general public, $10 faculty, staff, seniors, $5 students and youth in advance at ticket offices in the UNM Bookstore and the Pit, by calling 925-5858, by visiting www.unmtickets.com or at the door
Bible found it strange reading a children’s play by Mamet and also a play by him that has some of his witty dialogue but no cuss words.
The story is about Binky Rudich (Stephen Armijo) and his friends Vivian Mooster (Kir Kipness) and Bob the Sheep (Alex Wasson).
Binky has been working on a two-speed clock that can stop the Earth from spinning. Suddenly the three are zapped through space to another galaxy. They arrive at Crestview, fourth planet in the Goolagong System where dictator George Topax (José Castro) wants Binky’s clock.
The Space Pandas are guardians of the planet.
“The rules of this new universe are different,” Bible said. “No one explains to Binky why they were captured or why they won’t let them go home.”
He said the play lets adults see life through children’s eyes and allows adults to revisit the idea that “children have just as much a right to be validated as anyone and they can be creative and intelligent in some moments as fully grown adults are.”
The play has been described as being closer in style and humor to Mel Brooks’ “Spaceballs” than to “Glengarry Glen Ross.”