Golden Globe Nominee Dennis Haysbert to Join Broadway's Race

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"The Unit" and "24" actor Dennis Haysbert will make his Broadway debut in David Mamet's Broadway legal drama Race beginning June 23 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

Dennis Haysbert
Dennis Haysbert

Producers of Race previously announced that original cast members Tony nominee David Alan Grier and Kerry Washington would depart the production June 13, followed by the exit of James Spader June 20. Richard Thomas will be the only cast member to remain with the production.

According to the website Broadway's Best Shows (which is run by the office of Race producer Jeffrey Richards), Golden Globe nominee Haysbert will continue with Race through Aug. 21, which coincides with the final date of the announced Broadway extension. Additional casting has not been revealed.

Haysbert's screen roles include "Jarhead," "Breach," "Far from Heaven," "Love and Basketball," "Major League," "Waiting to Exhale" and "Now and Again."

According to producers, Race concerns "three attorneys, two black and one white, [who] are offered a chance to defend a white man charged with a crime against a black woman."

Mamet elaborated on the plot in an interview with the New York Times. "In my play a firm made up of three lawyers, two black and one white, is offered the chance to defend a white man charged with a crime against a black young woman. It is a play about lies. All drama is about lies. When the lie is exposed, the play is over." The design team for Race includes Santo Loquasto (sets), Brian Macdevitt (lighting) and Tom Broecker (costumes).

Race is produced by on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jam Theatricals, JK Productions, Peggy Hill & Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Scott M. Delman, Terry Allen Kramer/James L. Nederlander, Swinsky Deitch, Bat-Barry Productions, Ronald Frankel, James Fuld Jr., Kathleen K. Johnson, Terry Schnuck, The Weinstein Company, Jay & Cindy Gutterman/Stewart Mercer and Marc Frankel.

Mamet's plays also include Glengarry Glen Ross (1984 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award, 2005 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play), American Buffalo, Boston Marriage, November, Speed-the-Plow and The Cryptogram. He has penned the screenplays for such films as "The Verdict," "The Untouchables," "Wag the Dog" and his own adaptation of "Oleanna." He has twice been nominated for an Academy Award. He has written and directed ten films including "Homicide," "The Spanish Prisoner," "State and Main," "House of Games," "Spartan" and "Redbelt." His tense 1992 drama Oleanna made its Broadway debut last fall.

The Ethel Barrymore Theatre is located at 243 West 47th Street. For more information, visit RaceOnBroadway.com.

Tickets are available by visiting Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.

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