21 May 2009
Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas — of "The Waltons" fame — will join the previously announced James Spader in the world premiere of David Mamet's Race, which is scheduled to begin previews Nov. 17 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
Thomas, who was most recently on Broadway in A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, will also be seen this summer in the La Jolla Playhouse's staging of Terrence McNally's Unusual Acts of Devotion.
Race, by the author of American Buffalo, Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed-the-Plow, November and The Cryptogram, will officially open on Broadway Dec. 6.
Mamet will also direct.
The design team will include set designer Santo Loquasto, lighting designer Brian MacDevitt and costume designer Paul Tazewell.
Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Steve Traxler will produce Race. No details about the plot have been announced.
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.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.