Meet the Team of Glengarry Glen Ross – Curtis Knecht is Director

curtisHi, Curtis , what is your role on this production?  I am the director of Glengarry Glen Ross.  As director I have the overall artistic vision of the show and together with the production team we create the world for the actors to live in.  The director has input into every aspect of the show, both onstage and offstage.

What made you want to direct this show? I was drawn to this all-male show because of the powerful characters and that even after over 30 years the topics of greed and villainy are still relevant today.  I knew that this production at the Walterdale Theatre would be able to attract some of Edmonton’s finest actors and the chance to work on this show with such talented men was going to be an amazing experience.

What can audiences expect from the show? The play is full of interesting yet horrible characters who live in a dark and depressing world of shady real estate deals. The audience may remember the movie adaptation of the play from 1992 which starred such A-listers as Al Pacino, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey, Alan Arkin and Jack Lemmon.  The movie diverges only slightly from the Pulitzer prize winning play from 1984, but the stage play feels grittier and more real that the celluloid version.

Got any funny/sad/weird Sales stories? Even after many years of retail and other sales experience I’ve never been a big fan of the “hard sell” which seems to dominate almost all aspects of the sales game. The game is incredibly stacked against the customer and it’s hard not to see all salesmen as predators and all customers as their prey.  Remember kids… ABC. Always. Be. Closing.

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