Would you rather share your royalties with a nonprofit theatre company...or your ex-wife?
Mamet couldn't be reached for comment, but it's long been rumored that he makes very little money from "American Buffalo." Sources say royalties from that play, as well as those from many of his other early works, go to his ex-wife, Lindsay Crouse, who reportedly got them as part of a divorce settlement. They were married from 1977 to 1990. Mamet married Rebecca Pidgeon in 1991. "I guess he just doesn't feel the need to work for his ex-wife," says a theater executive.
Al Pacino has long wanted to do a Broadway production of "A Life in the Theater," Mamet's 1977 backstage drama, but Mamet, sources say, shows little interest in seeing it revived. "You always hear that his ex-wife gets the money from that one, too," says a theater insider.
Hence the playwright's marked indifference to the ill fortunes of the recently opened (and closed) Broadway revival. Or so reports Riedel.