The Duck Variations

Play

Writers: David Mamet

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
2
Genres
Cast Size
small
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes mature adult characters

Synopsis

The Duck Variations presents two old friends, Emil and George, in 14 variations, talking about ducks - at least, ducks as they relate to our passages through life. As the two sit on a park bench watching ducks in the lake, they discuss leadership roles, conflict among different groups, sex, friendship and love, and, finally, death. The audience senses that Emil and George are not able to discuss these things openly, so they use the metaphor of the ducks to express their fears about aging and death.

Lead Characters