Mamet's Race Plays 200th Performance on Broadway

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David Mamet's Race, featuring original cast members David Alan Grier, James Spader, Kerry Washington and Richard Thomas, celebrates its 200th performance May 29 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
Race star Kerry Washington
Race star Kerry Washington Photo by Robert J. Saferstein

Mamet directed his tense, racially-charged drama, which began previews Nov. 17, 2009, and officially opened Dec. 6, 2009. Race recouped its entire $2.5 million investment in late April and has extended through Aug. 21.

As previously reported, original Broadway cast members Grier and Washington will depart June 13, while Spader will make his exit June 20. Grier received a 2010 Best Actor Tony Award nomination for his performance.

The trio will be replaced by Dennis Haysbert, Eddie Izzard and Afton C. Williamson, respectively. Williamson will begin performances June 15, and Haysbert and Izzard will join the cast June 21. Richard Thomas will be the only original cast member to remain with the production.

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

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James Spader, David Alan Grier, and Richard Thomas
James Spader, David Alan Grier, and Richard Thomas Robert J. Saferstein
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