Mamet's RACE at Capital Rep. Taut. Timely. Riveting. Mature content.

News Subject: 

David Mamet's

R A C E 

Previews begin on January 11

Taut. Timely. Riveting. 

Not to be missed…or dismissed.

Contains mature content and explicit adult language

Media Representatives, Please Note: To arrange an interview with a member of the cast or creative team of RACE at Capital Rep,

please contact Thom O’Connor,, 518.382.3884, x166.

ALBANY, NY – January 2, 2012 – Capital Repertory Theatre proudly announces the opening of RACE, a tinderbox drama by Pulitzer Prize and Tony® Award winning playwright DAVID MAMET, whose hit drama put America’s longstanding and, perhaps, most controversial subject front and center. Public preview performances of RACE are slated for January 11-13, with press opening on January 15 (7:30 PM Curtain) and performances through February 10. 

RACE chronicles the behind-the-scenes strategy of lawyers who are compelled to defend a wealthy white executive accused of raping a black woman. In the course of seventy-five thought-provoking minutes, the lawyers — one white, one black, along with their black female law clerk — peel away the layered prejudices of everyone in the room in a volley of taut verbal interplay. What begins as an exploration of courtroom tactics in this high-voltage melodrama turns personal — and with Mamet’s hallmark twists and turns, the relationships change irrevocably.

Written with the rhythmic language that has become known as “Mametspeak,” the play contains explicit adult language and frank discussions of the subject matter.   As Mamet puts it,  "The theme is race and the lies we tell each other on the subject.”

For Capital Rep’s Producing Artistic Director, Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill who directs the controversial RACE, “Mamet, a small room, smart, articulate characters and explosive subject matter make this a directing challenge and thrilling ride for the actors and audience. Mamet is a masterful wordsmith. He demands attention to every syllable. Actors have to tackle his dialogue as they might poetry – listening for the rhythm.”  


The cast of RACE includes solid veterans from New York: J. Anthony Crane, Shelley Thomas, Wynn Harmon and Capital Region favorite, Kevin Craig West

Crane, who makes his Capital Rep stage debut as Jack Lawson in RACE, was seen at Proctors in the national tour of THE LION KING as the villainous Scar. Earlier this fall, he was featured in the staged reading of THE GOD GAME, which captured much audience acclaim in Capital Rep/Proctors NEXT ACT NEW PLAY SUMMIT.  In regional theatres, Anthony has played lead roles in works such as LONG DAYS JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, CLOSER and SIGHT UNSEEN. 

Shelley Thomas, who plays Susan in RACE, recently starred in the Off-Broadway production of TRIASSIC PARQ and is featured on the cast recording. She was featured in the national and international tour of RENT and has played leads in THE WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE at Arena Stage, THE BLUEST EYE at Long Wharf and Hartford Stage to name only a few of her notable stage credits.

Wynn Harmonwill play Charles Strickland in RACE. He returns to Capital Rep where he was last scene in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW as the older suitor, Gremio. Harmon, who has appeared in the American premiere of THE HABIT OF ART, also has appeared in regional theatres across the country in a wide variety of roles including 11 at THE OLD GLOBE in San Diego.

A Capital Region favorite, Kevin Craig West, will portray Henry Brown in RACE. West was last seen in Capital Rep’s production of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.  In addition to his numerous stage credits, West is President of Upstate Independents (filmmakers) and director/creator of several films.

The cast is joined by a team of designers, including Ken Goldstein, sets, Deborah Constantine, lights, Luke Krauss, sound and Carolyn Walker, costumes.


Public preview performances for RACE take place between January 11 and January13. The Press Opening for RACE at Capital Rep is scheduled for January 15 at 7:30 PM. Regular performance continuing through February 10 -- Tues-Thurs at 7:30 PM; Fri/Sat at 8:00 PM; Sat matinee at 3:00 PM, and Sun matinee at 2:00 PM. There will be two Wed. matinees: Jan. 23 and Jan. 30, at 2:00 PM.

All performance will take place at Capital Rep, 111 N. Pearl St., Albany, NY.


  • The Opening Night of RACE includes complimentary post-show champagne and dessert.
  • The “Chef’s Table” performance on Tuesday, Jan. 22 includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres from Yono's/dp, Taste, and Victory Cafefor all ticket holders served in the lobby beginning at 6:30 PM.
  • A “Behind the Scenes presentation with Capital Rep’s artistic director takes place on Sun. Feb. 3 from 1-1:30 PM with complimentary continental breakfast for all ticket holders, starting at 12:30 PM in the theatre lobby.

Please note: At the request of the playwright,

there will be no post-show Discussion Nights for RACE.


Ticket prices for RACE at Capital Rep range from $20 - $60. Students with valid ID: $16 all shows. 

For tickets and information, call TICKETS BY PROCTORS, (518) 445-SHOW or online at



Production:  RACE by David Mamet

Where:  Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 N. Pearl St., Albany, NY


Previews:  January 11-13

Press Opening:  January 15, 7:30 PM

Runs thru:  Tuesday-Sunday through Feb. 10


Tues-Thurs 7:30 PM

Fri/Sat: 8:00 PM           

Sat mat: 3:00 PM   Sun mat: 2:00 PM

Wed mats:  Jan. 23, Jan. 30, 2:00 PM


J. Anthony Craneas Jack Lawson

Wynn Harmonas Charles Strickland

Shelley Thomasas Susan

Kevin Craig Westas Henry Brown


Director: Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill

Assistant Director:  David Girard

Set Designer:  Ken Goldstein

Lighting Designer:  Deborah Constantine

Sound Designer:  Luke Krauss

Costume Designer:  Carolyn Walter


·      January 15/Opening Night: curtain 7:30 PM. Pre-show music begins at 6:30PM/Post show complimentary champagne toast/desserts with cast

·      January 22/Chef’s Table: Complimentary hors d’oeuvres from Yono’s/dp, Taste and the Victory Café and pre-show music in lobby 6:30 PM; curtain: 7:30 PM

·      February 3/Behind the Scenes:  pre-show discussion with artistic director, complimentary continental breakfast. Food service starts 12:30 PM, Presentation: 1:00 -1:30 PM. Curtain: 2:00 PM.

NOTE:  At the request of the playwright, there are no discussion nights for RACE.




Prices:  $20 - $60

Students with valid ID:  $16 all shows