David Mamet's “The Water Engine” will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1, in the Bartlett Theatre, Coxe Hall. “Who knows the real power of man's soul? All people are connected. No one can call back what one man does.” Admission is free for Colleges students, $5 for general admission. Tickets are available at the door on the evening of performance.
In the play, David Mamet creates a modern urban fable and cloaks it in the form of an old fashioned melodrama played out on the stage of a radio studio during the great depression. Set in Chicago in 1934, the events of the play are surrounded by the World's Fair and the “Century of Progress Exhibition.” A small time machinist, Charles Lang discovers the secret to the creation of an engine that runs entirely on water. When he tries to patent his invention he runs into some shady characters who may or may not want to see his water engine made. Soon the future of his engine and his very life may be threatened.