THEATER: RACE on Broadway: Sex, Lies, and Digital tapes?

RACE, the new play written and directed from Pulitzer-prize winner David Mamet, stars James Spader (Sex, Lies, and Videotape; “Boston Legal”), David Alan Grier (“In Living Color”), Kerry Washington (Ray, Last King of Scotland), and Richard Thomas (“The Waltons”). RACE will make it’s world premiere at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre beginning on Monday November 16th with the official opening on December 6th. The play will feature sets by Tony Award winner Santo Loquasto, lighting design by Brian Macdevitt and costumes by Tom Broecker.

Racy title, huh? The details of the plot have been shrouded in secrecy, but we do know that there are two black lawyers and one white lawyer in the same firm. Another white male character is accused of sexual exploitation. We also know that race, gender and class play a role in how people perceive the action of the play. Mamet explains. “It is a play about lies. All drama is about lies. When the lie is exposed, the play is over.” Clearly, Mamet’s Broadway directorial debut promises to be quite a provocation. Watch the video to hear the stars of RACE discussing their process in working on the play and their expectations of its success.

For more information visit: www.raceonbroadway.com

Kila Packett

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