Mamet's Race Gains David Alan Grier

News   Mamet's Race Gains David Alan Grier Tony Award nominee David Alan Grier, of TV's "Chocolate News" and "In Living Color," has joined the cast of the Broadway world premiere of David Mamet's Race, the producers announced on July 28. Pulitzer Prize winner Mamet will make his Broadway directing debut with the play, the plot details of which have not been officially announced. Hint: It's about racial tension.
David Alan Grier
David Alan Grier

The New York Times broke this latest piece of casting. Race begins Nov. 16 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

Grier (a Tony nominee for Broadway's The First) will join a company that already includes Kerry Washington ("The Last King of Scotland," "Ray," making her Broadway debut) and Emmy Award winners Richard Thomas ("The Waltons") and James Spader ("Boston Legal," "sex, lies and videotape"). Grier, a Yale School of Drama grad, also appeared in Broadway's Dreamgirls and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

From the author of American Buffalo, Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed-the-Plow, November and The Cryptogram, Race — the play's topic is the title — will officially open on Broadway Dec. 6.

Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Steve Traxler will produce Race.

The Barrymore, which was the recent home of the much-in-the-news revival of Mamet's Speed-the-Plow, is located at 243 West 47th Street.

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