Win Tix (and more) for David Mamet!

Left: David Mamet, right: Ricky Jay

Next Thursday, May 13, David Mamet will be appearing at Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles. He will be reading from and signing his new book, Theatre, and chatting with magician/actor Ricky Jay. This will be Mamet’s only appearance of this kind in the U.S., and MetBlogs has your tickets. Read on to find out how to get them.

David Mamet is a brilliant author / playwright / screenwriter / director. While I enjoy Mamet’s books, my favorite works are his movies. A Mamet script is like a symphony of dialogue, with himself as conductor. I’ve heard that when Mamet rehearses scenes he uses a metronome to make certain that the actors get exactly the right cadence with the words; that the phrases overlap in perfect harmony.

Click past the jump to collect your tickets to see David Mamet at Largo…

For you, dear readers, we have a pair of tickets and a copy of Theatre to get signed by the author. For your chance to win, leave me a comment below telling me your favorite line from a Mamet movie. I’ll start with a couple of my favorites…

From Heist
Sam Rockwell: “Is your man cool?”
Ricky Jay: “My motherfucker’s so cool, when he goes to sleep sheep count him.”

From Glengarry Glen Ross
Alec Baldwin: “We’re adding a little something to this month’s sales contest. As you all know first prize is a Cadillac El Dorado. Anyone wanna see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you’re fired.”

Those are only two of many memorable lines. Tell me your favorite for your chance to win. Winner to be notified via email, so make sure yours is entered correctly. Don’t want to take any chances? Tickets can be purchased here.

20 Replies to “Win Tix (and more) for David Mamet!”

  1. This should be a great event. Too bad the ticket prices aren’t just a bit lower. BTW, I think Ricky Jay is the second coolest guy in America. The first? Richard Belzer.

  2. from malice:
    Alec Baldwin: Now, go ahead and read your Bible, Dennis, and you go to your church, and, with any luck, you might win the annual raffle, but if you’re looking for God, he was in operating room number two on November 17, and he doesn’t like to be second guessed. You ask me if I have a God complex. Let me tell you something: I am God.

  3. “The Spanish Prisoner”:

    Worry is like interest paid in advance on a debt that never comes due.

  4. I know Mamet shared the screenplay credit on this one and that it was based on a book by Larry Beinhart, butf rom ‘Wag the Dog,’ Willie Nelson (as Johnny Dean):

    I was just on my way to get drunk.

  5. “There’s an absolute morality? Maybe. And then what? If you think there is, go ahead, be that thing. Bad people go to hell? I don’t think so. If you think that, act that way. A hell exists on earth? Yes. I won’t live in it. That’s me.”

  6. Matt: I had never seen that before. Genius!

    Ian: While a good Alec Baldwin quote, I don’t think David Mamet had anything to do with “Malice.” Got another one?

    Everyone: These are great. Keep ’em coming.

  7. Dave Moss in GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (referring the the cop):

    “Anyone talks to this asshole’s a fucking asshole”

  8. 1. I have met David Mamet and have the best Mamet/Artie Lang story ever. If I win the tickets, it’s yours.

    2. The line? From ‘Spartan’, totally underappreciated movie. It’s from when Val Kilmer goes to the rehab center and meets the female Secret Service agent:
    “I’m five minutes from the bomb squad. If it’s ‘happy birthday’, let’s do it now.”

    Damn. I’m going to go watch that now.

    (I believe he did write a draft of ‘Malice’)

  9. Cyril Takayama (Jimmy) In “Redbelt”

    (after showing magic trick)”You ever seen that? I’m fucking fantastic! Somebody buy us a fucking drink”

    Dustin Hoffman (Teach) In “American Buffalo”

    “If I had kept everything my old man threw out, I’d be a wealthy man today”

    and my favorite play by Mamet is “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” (the beach scene is the best LOL)

  10. Words from “House of Games” that have served me well:

    Mike (Joe Mantegna): Play past it.

    And I cannot believe no one has added:

    George (Ricky Jay): I told you a squirtgun wouldn’t work.

    Mike: A squirtgun would’ve worked. You didn’t have to FILL it!

    George: What; am I going to threaten somebody with an empty gun?!

    And finally, though not in a script, a great Mamet line: “Film is a collaborative business: bend over.”

  11. Jeff: Wouldn’t surprise me if Mamet had something to do with Malice, even though I couldn’t find his name attached to it anywhere. Hell, it seems he has written drafts of just about half the scripts in Hollywood.

    Dustin: LOVE that scene from “House Of Games.”

    Everyone: These are great. Once again, you’re all making this a difficult contest. Wish I had tickets for everyone. There’s still time to win, though, so keep those entries coming.

  12. This is great fun.

    My favorite Mamet quote comes from his book “Bambi vs. Godzilla,” and should help anyone who is into dramatic writing.
    “To write a successful scene, one must stringently apply and stringently answer the following three questions: 1. Who wants what from whom? 2. What happens if they don’t get it? 3. Why now?”

    And my favorite line is one more from HEIST:
    Hackman “I don’t want you as quiet as an ant pissing on cotton. I want you as quiet as an ant not even thinking about pissing on cotton.”

  13. Thanks for all the great entries, everybody. As usual, you all made it too difficult to pick a winner. A winner has been notified and confirmed, though, so the contest is now closed.

    If you didn’t win, you should still see this unique event. It appears there may still be a few tickets available, so get them at the link above. Also, come back to MetBlogs frequently, because there’s always something good happening here. Also, I’ll have tickets for another cool event a little later this week.

    Finally, I’ll leave you with another of my favorite lines, also from the very quotable Heist:

    Jim Frangione: “[If] you’re not that smart, how’d you figure it out?”
    Gene Hackman: “I tried to imagine a fella smarter than myself. Then I tried to think, ‘what would he do?'”

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