Mamet's Race Will Be Seen Regionally and Abroad

By Adam Hetrick
August 12, 2010

David Mamet's intimate legal drama Race, which will end its Broadway run Aug. 21, will live on with planned regional productions in San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and London in the coming year.

Race producers announced Aug. 11 that plans are underway to bring the work to London audiences, as well as individual regional mountings in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. in 2011.

Mamet directed his play, which began previews Nov. 17, 2009, and officially opened Dec. 6 at the Barrymore Theatre. The current cast features Eddie Izzard, Dennis Haysbert, Afton C. Williamson and Richard Thomas.

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 on Broadway 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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