RACE by David Mamet

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By David Mamet. Directed by Gary Brame.

General Admission: $15

Palaver Tree MEMBERS: Contact palavertreetheater@gmail.com for your DISCOUT CODE

PLEASE NOTE: Friday, October 25 Opening Night date is a Pay What You Can performance.

PLEASE NOTE: Saturday, November 2 Closing performance followed by Palaver Halloween Party.



A wealthy white man is accused of raping a black woman. Two lawyers, one black and one white, as well as the firm's new young associate, a young black woman, struggle to agree on whether or not they should represent him in court. The debates that ensue pose challenging questions about race, gender and social class in modern society. 




"SCALPEL-EDGED INTELLIGENCE! RACE is an examination of cultural conscience and paranoia, and a topical detective story." - Ben Brantley, New York Times

"INTELLECTUALLY SALACIOUS...Deep in its guts, Mamet's gripping play argues everything in America is still about race." - Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

"A HIGH-VOLTAGE MELODRAMA, RACE is unafraid to raise painful questions while dispensing prickly ideas and provocative dialogue amid steady suspense. Mamet adroitly mixes comic darts with tragic arrows, and the play is full of wry jokes, epigrammatic jolts and acrid, cheeky provocations." - John Simon, Bloomberg News

"TASTY DIALOGUE, SPIKY CONFRONTATIONS and more than occasionally biting observations...RACE riffs artfully on the subtleties of discrimination and guilt, resentment and shame, and its ambiguities appear designed to stir audiences into testy debates." - David Rooney, Variety

"FASCINATING AND DRAMATICALLY CHARGED. Mamet's provocative, hot-topic play is anything but simple. The questions and answers posed add up to an intriguing study of perception." - Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press