Emmy Winning Star Richard Thomas Set to Join Mamet's RACE on Bdwy

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RACE, the new play written and directed by David Mamet, is proud to announce that RICHARD THOMAS will co-star with previously announced James Spader in this world premiere production on Broadway. THOMAS, who was recently seen on Broadway in Democracy directed by Michael Blakemore and who is beloved for his role as John-Boy Walton in "The Walton's" will be celebrating his 50th year as a stage actor.

RICHARD THOMAS made his Broadway debut at the age of seven in 1959 in Sunrise at Campbobello. His second play on Broadway was The Actors Studio Theatre production of Eugene O'Neill's Strange Interlude, which ran at the Hudson Theatre in 1963 and starred Jane Fonda, Geraldine Page, Ben Gazzara, Pat Hingle & Franchot Tone.

RACE will be RICHARD THOMAS' tenth Broadway production. He is currently starring in a production of Terrance McNally's "Unusual Acts of Devotion" at the La Jolla Playhouse alongside Doris Roberts and Harriet Harris. Since making his Broadway debut in Sunrise At Campobello in 1958, Mr. Thomas has appeared on New York & tour stages countless times, most recently in Michael Frayn's Democracy, As You Like It in Central Park as well as the hit National Tour of Twelve Angry Men. Other Broadway credits include: Love Letters, The Front Page, Fifth of July, Everything in the Garden, The Playroom and Strange Interlude. Thomas received his first major roles in film, appearing in the 1969 motion pictures Winning with Paul Newman and Last Summer with Barbara Hershey. Mr. Thomas has starred in more than forty films for television including Terrence McNally's "Andre's Mother" and "Wild Hearts" for Hallmark. His television series have included "It's A Miracle," "Just Cause" and "The Walton's," for which he won an Emmy Award in 1972. Among numerous recent acting projects, he may be mostly in the public conscious (or sub-conscious) as the voice of Mercedes-Benz for the last few years on television and radio.

James Spader will make his Broadway debut this fall in RACE.

RACE, the new play written and directed by David Mamet will make its world premiere at the Ethel Barrymore THEATRE (located at 243 West 47th St.) beginning on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 with the official opening night on Thursday, December 6, 2009. Rehearsals are set to begin on Monday, October 19, 2009.

RACE will reunite Mamet with Tony Award winning scenic designer Santo Loquasto who designed the set for the revival of Glengarry GLen Ross as well as the original American Buffalo. It will also be a reunion for Mamet and Tony Award winning lighting designer Brian MacDevitt, who recently worked on Speed-The-Plow and American Buffalo. Costumes will be designed by Tony Award nominee Paul Tazewell, whose recent credits include Guys and Dolls, In The Heights and A Raisin the Sun. To read the full report in The New York Times, click here.

RACE will be the fourth Mamet play to play at the Barrymore Theatre (Speed-The-Plow, November, American Buffalo) and it this will be the third consecutive season for the Barrymore to be home to a Mamet play (November in the 2007/2008 season, followed by Speed-The-Plow in the 2008/2009 season).

David Mamet, the acclaimed and award-winning playwright of American Buffalo, Glengarry GLen Ross, Speed-the-Plow, November and The Cryptogram, among others, will direct the world premiere of RACE. Mamet's staging credits include the world premieres of his plays Oleanna, The Cryptogram, Boston Marriage, and Faustus, as well as Ricky Jay and his 52 Assistants and Ricky Jay: On the Stem, and varioUs Productions for the Atlantic Theater Company and Circle Rep. For motion pictures, he has previously written and directed Redbelt, Spartan, Heist, State and Main, Catastrophe, The Winslow Boy, The Spanish Prisoner, Oleanna, Homicide, Things Change, and House of Games. For television, he has directed numerous episodes of his CBS hit series "The Unit," for which he also is creator and executive producer.

RACE will be produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel & Steve Traxler, the award-winning producers of Speed-The-Plow, Glengarry GLen Ross as well as August: Osage County, Blithe Spirit and Desire Under the Elms.


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