2004—The Water Engine

Water Engine publicity poster, 2004

Written by David Mamet
Directed by Deanna Reed


The Actor’s Factory’s first production was David Mamet’s The Water Engine, a radio play set at the 1934 Century of Progress Exposition at the Chicago World’s Fair.

Well-dressed actors in The Water Engine, 2004

The story centers on the “little” man, inventor Charles Lang, who is trying to change society for good by designing an engine that runs on water.

This engine is a mortal threat to the oil industry. Oil company lawyers must obtain the plans or Lang himself must be stopped. Lang makes his own decision to save the plans for the future at a very high cost to himself and his family.

Production Details

The Actor’s Factory production of
David Mamet’s The Water Engine
Directed by Deanna Reed
Costumes by Carola Breckbill
The Stoughton Opera House, 381 East Main Street, Stoughton, Wisconsin
May 26, 27, 28, and 29, 2004

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