Mirror Stage Presents Reading of David Mamet's RACE This Weekend
Mirror Stage's popular Feed Your Mind staged reading series returns this fall with the incendiary RACE by David Mamet, presented in partnership with the Pacific Science Center and Swimming Ophelia Ensemble at the Ethnic Cultural Theatre tonight and tomorrow, September 28 and 29, 2013.
The Swimming Ophelia Ensemble partnership enables Mirror Stage to continue deepening its relationship with the University of Washington, and all post-play discussions for RACE will be held at the Pacific Science Center with discount admission for Mirror Stage patrons to the Pacific Science Center exhibition RACE: Are We So Different?
Award-winning playwright David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo) tackles America's most controversial topic in RACE, a provocative tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. Two high-profile lawyers-one black, one white-are asked to defend a wealthy white executive accused of raping an African-American woman. They unwillingly find themselves entangled in a complex case where dangerous truths are revealed and no punches are pulled, as each new piece of evidence unfolds in this explosive drama directed by Suzanne M. Cohen.
Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright and two-time Oscar nominee, director, essayist, novelist, and poet, David Mamet has been a force in American theater since 1976. When his first staged plays, Sexual Perversity in Chicago and American Buffalo, opened in New York, Mamet won the OBIE Award for distinguished playwriting and American Buffalo was voted best play by the New York Drama Critics' Circle. In 1984, Glengarry Glen Ross won Mamet another New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play, four Tony Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize; it also won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play in 2005. Other plays include Edmond and The Cryptogram (both OBIE Award winners), as well as The Water Engine, Speed-the-Plow, Oleanna,Boston Marriage, November, and Race, among others. Mamet has won acclaim for numerous screenplays, and has also written children's plays and books, numerous volumes of essays, and a book of poems. He has taught acting at Goddard College, the University of Chicago, Yale School of Drama, and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where, with William H. Macy, he established the Atlantic Theater Company in 1985.
Mirror Stage's innovative Feed Your Mind series of staged readings examines topical issues from different perspectives. The plays are presented simply: no costumes or sets-just the actors and the text. Following every performance, a moderated discussion with the audience and artists further explores the issues raised in more depth. Post-play discussions for Race will be held at the Pacific Science Center on October 5 and 6, with discount admission for Mirror Stage patrons to the PSC exhibition RACE: Are We So Different? The Pacific Science Center is located at 200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109.
The Ethnic Cultural Theatre is located at 3940 Brooklyn Ave NE in Seattle. Performances will be Saturday at 8:00pm and Sunday at 2:00pm. Admission is $10. Half-price tickets are available for Senior Citizens and students, and every performance has 10 Pay-What-You-Can rush tickets ($1 minimum) for purchase at the door. Free parking is available in University of Washington's lot W12, located at just south of the Ethnic Cultural Theater on Brooklyn Ave NE. For more information, please visit www.mirrorstage.org/race.