The winner gets a Cadillac, the losers hit the road.

The winner gets a Cadillac, the losers hit the road.

Those are the heartless rules for the real estate salesmen in David Mamet's drama "Glengarry Glen Ross," for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984.

Theatre Daedalus, a local company founded by three playwrights, including Northland resident Jeremy Sony, will be staging the play beginning March 12 at Wild Goose Creative, 2491 Summit St.

April Olt is producing the play, which is being directed by Llewellyn B. "Bo" Rabby, for nearly 40 years an instructor in theater and dance at Ohio Wesleyan University.

The cast for the play, which will continue through March 27, includes Randy Benge as Shelley Levene, Gregory Kimbro as John Williamson, Nick Baldasare as Dave Moss, Joel Cohen as George Aranow, Tim Browning as Richard Roma, Dale Bush as James Lingk and Larry Cole as Baylen.

Benge, Browning and Bush are members of the Theatre Daedalus ensemble.

Mamet, who was born in Flossmoor, Ill., outside of Chicago, in 1947, based the play on his experiences as manager of a real estate sales office in 1969. The story of dog-eat-dog office politics, success, failure and desperation was made into a 1992 film starring Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris and Kevin Spacey.

"I think it's very strong," Rabby said of the Theatre Daedalus production, now in rehearsals. "We've got a very strong cast, a group of actors who have been attracted to this quality of work.

"David Mamet is not done frequently in community theater," he added. "He uses a great deal of profanity in his plays, and it's something that a great deal of community theaters won't do. But it's not about a group of dirty-minded old men, it's about business and the corrupting influence of business."

-- Kevin Parks