Promotional image for November with a turkey against a red white and blue background

Friday, October 7, 2016

Northeastern Illinois University’s Stage Center Theatre will launch David Mamet’s “November” on Oct. 13.

The Oval Office satire depicts one day in the life of a beleaguered American commander-in-chief. It's November in a presidential election year, and incumbent Charles Smith's chances for re-election are looking grim. Approval ratings are down, his money's running out, and nuclear war might be imminent. Though his staff has thrown in the towel and his wife has begun to prepare for her post-White House life, Chuck isn't ready to give up just yet.

Amid the biggest fight of his political career, the president has to find time to pardon a couple of turkeys—saving them from the slaughter before Thanksgiving—and this simple public relations event inspires Smith to risk it all in an attempt to win back public support. With Mamet's characteristic no-holds-barred style, “November” is a scathingly hilarious take on the state of America today and the lengths to which people will go to win.

November” runs Oct. 13, 14, 20, 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 15 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at The Stage Center Theatre, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets are $10, $8, and $6 and are free to Northeastern students, faculty and staff with a Northeastern ID. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling (773) 442-4630.