Ethel Barrymore Theatre |  Broadway  | December, 2009

  • Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play

A new play written and directed by David Mamet

Starring David Alan Grier, James Spader, and Kerry Washington

RACE is the riveting new play by America’s foremost playwright, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed-the-Plow, American Buffalo, November), in which three attorneys, two black and one white, are offered a chance to defend a white man charged with a crime against a black woman. (Read more at broadwaysbestshows.com.) 

“Scalpel-edged intelligence! An examination of cultural conscience and paranoia and a topical detective story, RACE raises issues, particularly on the ethnic varieties of shame and the universal nature of guilt, that should offer ample nutrition for many a post-theater dinner conversation.”

- The New York Times

“Fascinating and dramatically charged! David Mamet’s provocative hot-topic new play is anything but simple.”

- AP

RACE is a gripping new play, superbly cast and directed by the playwright in textbook, rapid-fire style.”

- Chicago Tribune

“Tasty dialogue, spiky confrontations, and more than occasionally biting observations!”

- Variety

“Mamet remains American theatre’s most urgent five-letter word! RACE is a swift, gripping 100 minute staging dealing with a heat-seeking political topic.”

- The Guardian UK