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Casting is Complete for Goodman Theatre's Race
Oct 27, 2011

Goodman TheatreGoodman Theatre Resident Director Chuck Smith announces his cast for the Chicago premiere of Race, David Mamet's "intellectually salacious" (Chicago Tribune) portrait of prejudice and social injustice within the judicial system (January 14 - February 19, 2012). The ensemble cast includes Patrick Clear (King Lear, The Clean House) as Charles; Marc Grapey (Vigils; Dead Man's Cell Phone at Steppenwolf Theatre Company) as Jack; Geoffrey Owens (Opus at Two River Theater Company, Julius Caesar at Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, DC) as Henry and Tamberla Perry (In the Next Room or the vibrator play at Victory Gardens Theater, Eclipsed at Northlight Theatre) as Susan. Tickets for Race ($25 - $79) go on sale December 2. Mayer Brown is the Corporate Sponsor Partner for Race and WBEZ 91.5 FM is the Media Partner.

"I am thrilled to be directing this particular show because audiences are going to see a David Mamet play done the Chicagoway," said Director Chuck Smith. "Mamet does not skirt issues-he hits them right on and is in your face just like Chicago theater is in your face. Having these talented actors bring Mamet's controversial characters to life will be a thrilling ride for the entire Chicago community."

This latest work by Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet ruthlessly examines guilt and oppression via a compelling crime mystery. Two high-profile lawyers-Henry (Geoffrey Owens) who is black, and Jack (Marc Grapey) who is white-are called to defend a wealthy white client Charles (Patrick Clear) who is charged with the rape of an African-American woman. Along with their new hire, Susan (Tamberla Perry), they soon find themselves embroiled in a complex case where blatant prejudice is as disturbing as the evidence at hand. With characteristic bluntness, Mamet leaves nothing unsaid in this no-holds-barred suspense story.

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