Glengarry Glen Ross made its world premiere in London in 1982, and then moved to the Cottesloe Theatre of the Royal National Theatre in London on Sept. 21, 1983. It had its U.S. premiere on Feb. 6, 1984 at the Goodman Theatre of the Arts Institute of Chicago before moving to Broadway at the John Golden Theatre on March 25, 1984 and running for 378 shows. The play also served as a blueprint for Mamet's popular 1992 Hollywood film adaptation starring Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey, Ed Harris, Al Pacino, Alan Arkin, Jonathan Pryce, and in a role written specifically for him, Alec Baldwin.
In the 30 years since its debut, many other famous actors have inhabited the roles of Glengarry Glen Ross' Levene, Roma, Moss, and Aaronow. On May 1, 2005, a Broadway revival directed by Joe Mantello opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. The revival starred Liev Schreiber as Roma, Alan Alda as Levene, Frederick Weller as Williamson, Gordon Clapp as Moss, Jeffrey Tambor as Aaronow, and Tom Wopat as James Lingk, a rube client. The revival received numerous Tony Award nominations, including Best Featured Actor nominations for Alda, Clapp, and Schreiber, with Schreiber receiving the award. The production also won a Tony for Best Revival of a Play. On Sept. 27, 2007, the play was revived at the Apollo Theatre, London, starring Jonathan Pryce (who played Lingk in the 1992 film) as Levene, with Aidan Gillen (Roma), Paul Freeman (Aaronow), and Matthew Marsh (Moss). Glengarry Glen Ross has also been produced as a radio play for BBC Radio 3, featuring Hector Elizondo, Stacy Keach, Bruce Davison and Alfred Molina, originally airing March 20, 2005. A second Broadway revival, directed by Daniel Sullivan opened on December 8, 2012 and is now playing at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The current production stars Al Pacino, Bobby Cannavale, Richard Schiff, and John C. McGinley
For the production of Glengarry Glen Ross at Asolo Rep, Forsman is working with a dynamic creative team made up of Asolo Rep veterans and one newcomer. New York-based Lee Savage designed the wonderfully detailed sets (Asolo Rep credits include Inventing Van Gogh, Las Meninas, and The Innocents), Josh Bradford designed the lighting (A Few Good Men and Smash), and Kevin Kennedy, fresh off 1776, is responsible for the sound design (other Asolo credits include Deathtrap, This Wonderful Life, and Bonnie & Clyde). Jennifer Paar, a New York-based designer for the past 12 years in her first season with Asolo Rep, created the costumes for this production.