Grier, Washington and Spader to Depart Mamet's Race in June; New Cast Expected

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07 May 2010

The Broadway production of Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet's Race will have some changes in its legal team. David Alan Grier, Kerry Washington and James Spader will depart the drama in June.

Grier, who earned a Tony Award nomination for his performance as defense lawyer Henry Brown, and Washington will play their final performances June 13. Spader will exit the production June 20. The only original cast member in the four-actor production to remain will be Richard Thomas.

Replacements for Grier, Washington and Spader have not been named. An announcement is expected shortly.

On April 29 producers announced that the racially charged work would extend through Aug. 23 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Race recouped its entire $2.5 million investment in late April.

According to producers, "three attorneys, two black and one white, 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.

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