Three years ago Race opened on Broadway with James Spader, Richard Thomas, David Alan Grier and Kerry Washington. Ben Brantley called it a "play that examines the self-consciousness that descends on American white people when they talk about, or to, black people." So I believe we will have a good discussion afterward. The play is by Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet who first came to prominence with American Buffalo with Al Pacino and more recently Glengarry Glen Ross again with Pacino on Broadway. (Although the one I saw a few years ago with Liev Schreiber and Alan Alda was amazing.)
We've gone to most of Theater J's shows of late and always come out pretty moved by it. This one should be no different. It's only about 1 hour and 40 minutes so we can get something afterward. Pay-what-you-can tickets go on sale at 6; the play starts at 7:30. We'll meet at 6:30 in the lobby near the box office on the second floor. We'll try to buy seats as a group and have that time before the play to socialize a bit.
The DCJCC is at the corner of 16th and Q Streets in the Dupont Circle area of DC. It's about a 4-block walk from Dupont Circle Metro - exit at the North end and proceed east on Q Street. There is parking on the street; it gets a little easier starting at 6:30.
Race ruthlessly examines guilt, betrayal and racial posturing. Two male lawyers are called to defend a wealthy white client charged with the rape of a black woman, while their female associate betrays an agenda of her own.
"The messy race-and-privilege-soaked case of one Dominique Strauss-Kahn… so closely mirrors the apparent actions in Mamet's play that you'd swear Mamet had written this piece in response to that real-life case," writes The Chicago Tribune in 2012 of Mamet's scalding, "intellectually salacious" play.